Crucifixion, or Hypercubic body, Salvador Dali, 1954
- Posted by Salvador Dali
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum
- Year: 1954
Overview of the painting :
Crucifixion, or Hypercubic body – Salvador Dali. 1954. Oil on canvas. 194.5×124
The painting of the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is full of dreams and “visions”, but much of his art came from reason, for example, the idea to depict a hypercube scan instead of a cross in the picture presented. Thus, the artist is faced with a clear geometric shape and suffering of Christ, underlined by his curved body with a bulging chest. This gives rise to a special stress that filled the canvas. So Dali seems to make it clear that God is crucified by the soullessness and coldness of the world.
In this work, Dali continues the tradition of classical Western European painting, when specific people, contemporary artists, depicted the gospel stories in paintings. Here, Gal, wife and muse of Dali are looking at the crucified Christ. But she not only lies before the Crucifixion, but contemplates it. It seems to her inner eyes, this is her vision.
In the canvas “Crucifixion, or Hypercubic Body”, written by Dali in his homeland after returning from America, the Spanish religious temperament – passionate and sometimes ecstatic, was reflected.