Modern and Contemporary Art
Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)Made in Spain, Europe
Salvador Dalí, Spanish, 1904 - 1989
Oil on canvas
* Special Exhibitions Gallery, Perelman Building, first floor
1950-134-41The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelWith its flair for detail as gruesome as it is meticulous, Salvador Dalí's Surrealist painting style might well have been invented for the depiction of the unique horrors of the Spanish Civil War. This painting, however, is one of only a handful in which Dalí turned his attention to the tragedy that beset his homeland on July 17, 1936, when General Francisco Franco led a military coup d'état against the democratically elected Popular Front government. The artist's savage vision of his country as a decomposing figure tearing itself apart preceded the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and thus prophetically foretold the atrocities committed during this bloody conflict.
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