Analysis Of Salvador Dali

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Anti-realistic movement in arts “surrealism” is a visual representation of conscious and unconscious through the paintings (Leplin). One of the revolutionists of this modern movement in the history of arts was Salvador Dali. Dali’s abstract works brought a mass attention due to its avant-garde representation of his ideas and dreams which included emotions, myth and personal things in the arts. A representation of dreams in many of the paintings is closely tight with his life based on the Oedipus complex by Sigmund Freud. A psychoanalyst Freud was the one who influenced Dali’s art. The essay focuses on the reveal of this impact on Dali’s art through analysis of his several paintings. Sigmund Freud’s theory about dreams and the Oedipus complex shape an interpretation of Dali’s works. The unconscious reality reveals in Salvador Dali’ famous painting “The persistence of memory” by explanation of Freudian theory about dreams and unconscious mind. Freud concept of unconscious is…show more content…
A figure with a nose and eyelashes can be considered as a central thing in the painting because it partially uncovers a meaning which the paintings keep: the self-portrait is sleeping because eye of the self-portrait is closed and things around it are parts of Dali’s unconscious turned into a dream. Dream is a repository for repressed thoughts and feelings that the conscious mind avoids or deems unacceptable (Jacobus 476). A visual representation of Dali’s dreams in the paintings mentioned above gives an access to his unconscious mind and key which might identify his personality as well as an access to the perception of some aspects of his life. For example, Dali’s perception of sexual relations, phobias and emotions are illustrated through some objects around the self-portrait which occurs in three of his
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