Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali
Fine Art PrintImage size in millimetres: 750 x 500
Key early surrealist artwork, Dali’s way of observing the moment of the metamorphosis of Narcissus (from the Greek legend). Dali himself wrote a caption to this painting when it was illustrated in a small book - published by the artist soon after the painting’s completion. “If one looks for some time, from a slight distance and with a certain 'distant fixedness', at the hypnotically immobile figure of Narcissus, it gradually disappears until at last it is completely invisible. The metamorphosis of the myth takes place at that precise moment, for the image of Narcissus is suddenly transformed into the image of a hand which rises out of his own reflection. At the tips of its fingers the hand is holding an egg, a seed, a bulb from which will be born the new narcissus - the flower. Beside it can be seen the limestone sculpture of the hand - the fossil hand of the water holding the blown flower.” This print is of the original painting held in the Tate Gallery in London, printed in Europe with lightfast inks on good quality fine art paper.
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