Artist: Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Title: Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach
Media: Oil on canvas
Salvador Dalí titled this painting an “Apparition” – in other words – a vision – “of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach”. The white form in the middle is the tall fruit dish. The stem of the dish morphs into the face. The eyes are landscape elements on the beach – which, if you look carefully, are actually a vase lying on its side; and the head of a child. To the left of the fruit dish, the large brown form is …what? Can you tell? It’s the rump of a dog. Look on the other side of the fruit dish and you’ll see the dog’s large head. The pale ripples of his snout also read as ridges of sand on the distant landscape. Everywhere we look in this painting, details begin to show themselves as more than one thing.
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