How do we represent dreams in art?
Both of these works feature a woman asleep and presumably dreaming. The nature of the dreams and the presentation of the women are exceedingly different, however. Dalí’s image is a vivid, chaotic scene that is as much the fantasy of the artist as the sleeper. Mitsunobu’s image, in contrast, is marked by serenity and ethereality. We are at once given access to the woman’s dream world and removed from it. How a given artist renders the world of dreaming is clearly not all about fantasy. Images of dreams might also, as these works demonstrate, speak to the intellectual, sexual, social, and artistic values of artist and audience.