Essay about Metamorphosis Of Narcissus - Salvador Dali

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The painting Metamorphosis of Narcissus
was created in 1937 by oil on canvas by Salvador Dali. This painting uses
a lot of images to say what it means, for example, a person, a hand, water,
a starving dog, a chess board, a canyon or cliff, and people. This is not
to fill the paper or distract the viewer from the suggested meaning or
point, but to support the idea that hope and despair are reflections of
one another; on opposite sides of a coin, spinning in mid-air, waiting
to land and fix or destroy everything.

The first thing that one thinks upon first
seeing it, from far away, is that Dali just painted the same thing twice.

From afar, it appears as if he simply cut the canvas down the middle and
made one side brown and the
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The huge mural
has become an icon of Picasso's work and has been interpreted in several
unique ways, many of which contradict Picasso's actual intentions.

Artistically, the composition is balanced
and is a characteristic of Picasso's work; perfectly planned and flowing.

The symbols of this piece despite the misconceptions of it's many critics,
including those present at the World's Fair in the year that the painting
was introduced, were clearly defined by Picasso himself.

The preliminary sketches of the work began
in May of 1937, and was commissioned by the official Republican government
of Spain in January of the same year. It was to be displayed in the International

Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 International Exhibition, or as it is more
popularly known, the World's Fair. Picasso was given a large studio in
which to conduct his artistic endeavors in partial payment for the work
which was being done.

Picasso went through many artistic periods
throughout his career as an artist, one of which was cubism. In a few ways,

Guernica, somewhat broke from the traditional cubism which he had a hand
in inventing. The painting makes use of a two dimensional picture plain
with all of the objects on the canvas appear flat looking as is dictated
by the cubism style. The picture plain is not, however, fractured like
many of the previous works which were…

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