Image 18 x 23 in.
Signed lower right
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Dalí employs theatricality, anxiety, and memory to dislodge the authority of reality. He sought a "revolution in consciousness" and freedom of expression, which became a rallying cry for Surrealists in the political climate of the 1930s and 40s.
This work builds on the fundamental Surrealist principle that a work of art must embody both destruction and creation, in other words transformation and transfiguration. Dalí is "modern" in that he presents the processes of his psyche, not the processes of his medium as other Modernists in "Displaying Prestige" might, like Lee Krasner. The main motif in this print recalls Dalí's Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope from 1936, but here the figure is transforming into a tree as did Daphne in her flight from Apollo.