Salvador Dali: Vision of Hell Essay

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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. 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. Dali’s surrealistic art was based on the belief that there were treasures hidden in the human mind. The word fantasy cannot accurately describe surrealism. Rather, surrealism is better described as a grander reality. In this grander reality, the conflicts faced in life could find resolution. Salvador Dali believed that the truth, by its own nature, was hidden. Due to this, much of his work was based on …show more content…
To this end, he tried various methods. For example, he attempted to simulate insanity while painting and he tried setting up his canvas at the base of his bed to paint before sleeping and upon rising.
During this period of his life certain images repeated themselves in his art: eyes, noses, bones, crutches, clouds, mountains, blood, soft bodies and/or objects. In “Vision of Hell”, all of these symbols are found. Called clichés by some, here they seem to be much more than a trite convention. They are an expression of Dali himself. Too, Dali uses the techniques of double images, hidden appearances, and counter appearances. It is important to note that although in the early 1960’s Dali’s art was pejoratively classified as “academic”, “religious”, and “mystic”. Despite the fact that often excluded from the company of Surrealists, Dali deliberately chose the lapse into his previous surrealist style to accomplish the portrayal of hell (the left side of the painting), while his newer style of “Religious Mysticism” is used on the right side of the painting in the portrayal of Our Lady of Fatima. The central image in the painting is that of eight carving forks, that, in the form of a circle are piercing a body that, typical of Dali’s earlier period, is soft. The parts most visible in this human form are the left chest, the left arm, and the head. “Vision of Hell” is Dali’s vision portrayal of death. Whenever an artist seriously approaches the

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