Museum Report

2918 Words Sep 22nd, 2013 12 Pages
Salvador Dalí is known for his surrealist paintings and his innovative techniques which instills an illusional vision upon his spectators. Two of his paintings that have made an huge impact in mass media and pop culture today are called Old Age, Adolescence, and Infancy (The Three Ages) and the Ecumenical Council. These paintings serve as the epitome of Dali’s career that has allowed him to gain such a high recognition as a surrealist painter and an influential artist.

The fine artwork known as Old Age, Adolescence, and Infancy (The Three Ages) was painted by Salvador Dalí using oil on canvas during 1940. The dimensions for this painting measure 19 5/8 by 25 5/8 inches. It seems that Dali uses texture to depict his dreams and
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The static motion of the three stages of life invites the spectator to relate to Dali’s passage of time. As the viewer visualizes the art, we gain to speculate that the image engraves a sense of spiritual feeling because of the way our eyes unfold the events of time within this painting. The way Dali seeks to tell his story through time in this artwork is motionless yet illusionistic. We are able to see time in one single frame as an overall image. This may imply that the three stages of life are intertwined rather than being separate.

The principles of design are important elements of Dali’s artwork which creates vitality and evokes a sensual interaction with the audience. Unity defines Dali’s artwork in whole which combines the unique elements within the piece to create a complete balanced and harmonious design. Even though this artwork is clustered together, there is a sense of visual harmony between each element. The landscape changes as the eye reads the image from right to left along with the juxtaposition of the characters creates the illusion of the human heads. The brick wall seems to be the central idea of the composition which allows the image to form into a single organization. By imposing order, Dali is able to create gestalt unity within this composition, separating the artwork from the outside mind.

Variety in Dali’s composition is introduced as a visual diversity among the three stages that
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