View of Port Dogue, Cadaques, 1918 (Dali was 14)
At a young age Dali called himself an impressionist. “…and squinting one’s eyes, suddenly there occurred that incomprehensible miracle of vision by virtue of which this musically colored medley became organized, transformed into pure reality” -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
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