Scene in a Cabaret
“Scene in a Cabaret” was completed by Salvador Dali in 1922
Behind the partly opened kitchen door I would hear the scurrying of those bestial women with red hands, I would catch glimpses of their heavy rumps and their hair straggling like manes; and out of the heat and confusion that rose from the conglomeration of sweaty women, scattered grapes, boiling oil, fur plucked from rabbits’ armpits, scissors spattered with mayonnaise, kidneys and the warble of canaries. Out of that whole conglomeration the imponderable and inaugural fragrance of the forthcoming meal was wafted to me, mingled with a kind of acrid horse smell.” – Salvador Dali
Dali’s inspiration for this painting came from a conversation he had overheard between two fishermen discussing another local man who would stare at himself in a mirror for hours. One of the men described the man as having a “bulb in his head”; which is just another way to say that he was mentally ill. Dali combined this story and setting with the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection and was then transformed into the flower that bears his name after his death.
Metamorphosis of Narcissus
The Metamorphosis of Narcissus was painted using oil on canvas, while Dali and Gala were traveling in Italy.
Here’s an interesting video tribute to this piece…
Metamorphosis of Narcissus on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-jWphfWJv8
Meditation on the Harp
The Meditation on the Harp was completed between 1932 and 1934.
It took two years for Dali to complete this work. I imagine he would work on it for a period of time, then let it sit in his mind, returning to it when he could once again gain a fresh perspective.
Madonna in Particles
Madonna in Particles was completed in 1952 and one of his more known pieces.
“Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.” – Salvador Dali