About Salvador Dali Statue Dream Caused by The Flight of a Bee (1944)
This Parastone resin statue representation, Salvador Dali Statue Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee (1994), features one of the most notorious works by the Spanish Surrealist artist, found at the National Museum of Thyssen-Bornemisza. The original title of Salvador Dalí’s work is “Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second before Wakening Up”. The sleeping figure of Gala, Dalí’s wife, and muse floats above a rock in a tranquil marine landscape. Beside her naked body, two drops of water, a pomegranate, and a bee are also airborne. Gala’s dream, prompted by the buzzing of the bee, appears in the upper part of the canvas; there, from an exploding pomegranate shoots out a fish, from whose mouth two ferocious tigers emerge together with a bayonet which, one second later, will wake Gala from her restful sleep. Although by 1944 Dalí was already living in America and devoting little time to painting, this canvas marks a return to his ‘paranoiac-critical method.’ His view—based on Freudian theories—that images were open to multiple interpretations made him one of the leading members of the Surrealist group. More details on Salvador Dali Statue Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee (1944):
- Dimensions: 8.25″ in. x 5.25″ in. x 1.5″ in. (est)
- Weight: 2.5 lbs (est)
- Material: Resin, Metal.
- Original Artwork: Dalí, Salvador. Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second before Wakening Up. 1944. Oil on Panel. 51 x 41 cm. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
- Part of Parastone’s Museum Collection.
About Salvador Dalí
The Surrealists’ exploration of the human psyche and dreams reached new heights in the works of the Spanish-born Salvador Dalí. In his paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and designs for furniture and movies, Dalí probed a deeply erotic dimension, studying the writings of Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud, and inventing what he called the “paranoiac-critical method” to assist his creative process. As he described it, in his painting he aimed to “materialize the images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialistic fury of precision…in order that the world of imagination and of concrete irrationality may be as objectively evident…as that of the exterior world of phenomenal reality.” Dalí’s surrealist works are characterized by their haunting allegorical empty space where eve time has ended. An eerie, never-setting sun usually illuminates the barren landscapes, with often amorphous and imaginary creatures in the foreground. Dalí rendered every detail of this dreamscape with precise control, striving to make the world of his paintings convincingly real–in his words, to make the irrational concrete.