Sunday Dalí: Metamorphosis of Hitler’s Face into a Moonlit Landscape with Accompaniment, 1958. Painting.
Need some help finding the face?
Here’s the Führer:
Dalí took that photo, and flipped it on its side. Then he focused on the part that intrigued him the most: his nose.
The painting is arguably a belated, two-fold jab at the surrealists who disowned Dalí. One; it is a portrait of Hitler and two; it is supposedly a double image. The painting has the signature marks of Dali’s optical illusions—strangely shaped extensions, odd forms, and areas of high contrast. A mustache comes into focus here, an eyeball there, but no clear face ever presents itself. Dalí has created another “enigma” of Hitler, and this time it’s visually literal.1 The desaturated blue tone of the landscape lends a feeling of gloom, and a lone figure with the long shadow, perhaps Dali himself, evokes an intense feeling of isolation.
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