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Description of the painting by Salvador Dali "Sleep" ("Sleeping")

Description of the painting by Salvador Dali


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Before us is one of the most famous and controversial paintings by Dali, which was included in the cycle "Paranoia and War." A giant, almost amorphous head, an unpleasant bluish (if not “cyanotic”) shade, a head that is only connected with a body that remains on the earth with a thin, unnaturally elongated “neck” thread, as if floating above a gloomy world.

According to the artist himself (who, however, often mystified those who had the impudence to ask him “What is this in your picture?”), This “pupating monster” is the personification of the dream itself, which is ready to collapse and “cling” to a person , barely one of the eleven backups disappears. But, on the other hand, exactly these props can talk about the fragility of sleep? Even an almost imperceptible dog in the lower left corner of the picture, as it turns out upon a detailed examination of this canvas by Salvador Dali, it turns out, you need a backup.

Maybe the meaning is completely different? Perhaps Dali meant not only severity, but also the fragility of sleep and everything that we see in it? Take away the prop - your head, sleep, even a dog will break ... With Dali, who was not only an innovative artist and an original-minded person, but also the greatest mystifier! If we recall that contemporaries often accused Dali of excessive “posterity” of his style, of the fact that he was not so much “surrealist” as an “allegorist” (as a result of which he quarreled with his colleagues, saying “surrealism is me!” ), the third interpretation of the picture suggests itself: If we assume that the images of the artist are allegories, more connected than the images of “paranoia”, we see how the head (and therefore the brain) of a sleeping person, even in free hovering sleep, is firmly tied to the Earth some ropes flowing out of the brain and tightly held, - What are earthly memories? Earth friends? And the meaning of the picture, in this case, is that - even in the free flight of sleep, a person is NOT free from the “earthly”.

In a word, this is Dali's signature canvas: something original, bewitching, rather for reflection than for decorating the wall in the living room.





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