Autumn Cannibalism, Salvador Dali, 1936
- Posted by Salvador Dali
- Museum: Tate Gallery
- Year: 1936
Overview of the painting :
Autumn Cannibalism – Salvador Dali. 1936. Oil on canvas. 65×65.2
Mutual absorption, eating, destruction – this is the plot of this work. In two merged figures, female and male traits are guessed. The process is devoid of savagery, everything happens very culturally, using cutlery. Nearby half-peeled pears, candied nuts. Tensions create pieces of meat, ruthlessly nailed piece of flesh. The action takes place against the backdrop of a rocky landscape, in the center of which is a bloody lake with a lonely house on the shore.
The painting was created during the civil war in the author’s homeland. The idea of self-destruction was relevant for the master. The inner war itself, covered by the noble ideas of a just structure, a false understanding of the truth, turns into a bloody farce, devoid of meaning.
Yellow and brown colors of paintings designed to create a “autumn” sound create a tense atmosphere. The picture is full of symbols, signs. Ants – destruction, put forward box – Pandora’s box with unpredictable contents. An apple crowning a composition is a symbol of temptation, sin itself.
A cloud hanging alone in the sky resembles a human profile. The viewer can only wonder whether the author intentionally makes an additional image, or whether it is a coincidence.
Real images in an unreal combination, as the author sees the very essence of civil war.