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2 / Dreams and Visions

Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee (Around a Pomegranate, a Second Before Waking Up)
Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee (Around a Pomegranate, a Second Before Waking Up)
Artist / Origin Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989)
Region: Europe
Date 1944
Material Oil on wood
Medium: Painting
Dimensions H: 20 1/8 in. (51 cm.), W: 16 1/8 in. (41 cm.)
Location Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
Credit © 2009 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy of Art Resource, NY/Photo by Erich Lessing

expert perspective

Natasha StallerProfessor of the History of Art, Amherst College

Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee (Around a Pomegranate, a Second Before Waking Up)

» Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989)

expert perspective

Natasha Staller Natasha Staller Professor of the History of Art, Amherst College

Dreams can function as part of the artistic process. Dalí, in A Secret Life, wrote quite explicitly, framing his entire artistic process in terms of dreams. He said, ‘The last picture I looked at before I went to sleep, the last image, the last split second thing I would do before I would go to sleep would be look at a picture I’m working on and then the very, very first thing I would do as I woke up was to see the picture.’ And he was convinced that his unconscious would be processing, would be exploring, even as he slept. And of course, his images sing of dreams, and nightmares, and associational techniques. Freud, of course, was very interested, of all the Surrealists, even though of Breton tried so many times to interest Freud in his work, the only one Freud really was interested in was Dalí and he even wrote to his friend and colleague, Breuer about it.” 

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