His Lobster Telephone (1936) epitomised the chance collision of objects from different realms.Audiences could imagine cradling the lobster in the palms of their hands and speaking into its tail, the crunchy texture of the exoskeleton interrupting the seamlessness of everyday experience.When Dalí produced a painting titled The Enigma of Hitler in 1939, even his Surrealist colleagues were troubled.
Surrealist art went beyond writing or painting objects as they looked at reality.
Their art showed objects in distorted forms, colors, and movements, like in a dream.
Dreams and the unconscious would motivate a new, “surrealist”, expressive style that demonstrated “the actual functioning of thought”.
Dalí became the most famous exponent of these ideas in visual art.
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This comment made by Salvador Dalí is quoted in a new documentary about the artist.
An early painting, The Enigma of Desire, My Mother, My Mother, My Mother (1929) is an erotic dream work indebted to Freudian psychology.
The artist’s mother is portrayed as a monumental rock with the words “Ma mère” etched into caverns on its surface.
Despite Breton’s concerns about the merger of art and entertainment, it was Dalí who shaped Surrealism’s enduring visual presence.
Salvador Dali: Vision of Hell Surrealism was the 20th century phase in art and literature of expressing subconscious in images without order or coherence, as in a dream.