Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Soft Self-portrait With Fried Bacon
"Soft Self-portrait With Fried Bacon" was painted in 1941, oil on canvas. Dali was a surrealist Spanish painter whom spent his long career depicting warped imaginative figures and shapes, typically in vivid colors. He also played with cubism. This particular surreal painting was done during his 8 year long exile to the United States. Dali had fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and remained in the U.S. until it was safe to return to his home. Dali described this painting as an experiment to paint his outer covering, the mask he wears over his soul. It puts a new perspective on the mask-like quality of his dripping face. I don't have a theory on the bacon, but I like it.