Description of the painting by Salvador Dali "The Endless Mystery"

Description of the painting by Salvador Dali

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"The Endless Mystery" is not one of the most famous paintings of Salvador Dali. The painting was painted in 1938, shortly after the death of Lorca.

In the center of the picture is the face. The portrait at the same time resembles actress May West. A year earlier, Dali was already working with her image, creating the famous portrait-room. However, the portrait is similar to the late Lorca.

There is also a huge dog in the picture. Her silhouette is barely visible, merging with the surrounding landscape in puffs of smoke. The dog, like the head of his friend Lorca, is a frequent companion of Dali in the paintings of the 20-30s.

Despite the fact that the picture was painted in full accordance with the spirit of surrealism, Salvador Dali himself broke up with other surrealists in the early 30s. The reason was in politics - Dali in his own way admired Adolf Hitler. However, as the artist himself said, he was most interested in the Fuhrer’s nonsense. One way or another, the surrealists accused him of counter-revolutionary activity, after which Dali finally broke up with them. However, he continued to paint.

In The Endless Riddle, Dali began to explore "paranoid phenomena." In an article that was written for the first exhibition of the painting, Dali argues that paranoid vision is inseparable from human vision, citing a caveman as an example. This person in any irregularity saw certain hallucinatory images, which he “modified”, creating or removing new irregularities.

Despite extensive advertising, The Endless Riddle was one of two paintings that Dali could not sell at that time. The second picture was Hitler's Riddle. This is a fact of many critics, since the artist himself called these two canvases the "key" to understanding the entire exposition. Today, the painting is on display at Madrid's contemporary art.

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