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Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)
Salvador Dalí, Spanish, 1904 - 1989
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Dalí combined dreamlike themes with a meticulous painting technique to generate compelling portrayals of the unconscious mind. This gruesome composition imagined an impending historical event: the bloody civil war that broke out in Spain, the artist’s native country, in July 1936.
The desecration of the human body was a preoccupation of the Surrealists, and of Dalí in particular. Here, a monstrous figure of uncertain gender grimaces as it tears itself apart.
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