Raphaelesque Head Bursting (1951) by Salvador Dali

Raphaelesque Head Bursting - Salvador Dali - 1951

Artwork Information

TitleRaphaelesque Head Bursting
ArtistSalvador Dali
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions43 x 33 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK
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About Raphaelesque Head Bursting

Salvador Dali’s Raphaelesque Head Exploding is a painting from his Classic period in 1951. The artwork features fragmented heads and figures inspired by rhinoceros horns following the atomic explosion over Hiroshima in 1945, making it a striking and bizarre portrait. Dali created this masterpiece at a time when he was deeply affected by the effects of war and nuclear power.

As one of the most prodigious figures in modern art history alongside Picasso and Matisse, Salvador Dali’s works explored themes such as dreams, surrealism, and metaphysical fascination. This painting shows Dali’s mastery of painting techniques through its intricate composition and attention to detail.

The painting is privately owned but on long-term loan to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It is part of the Catalogue RaisonnĂ© of Paintings by Salvador DalĂ­ and numbered P 661. There are also various reproductions available for purchase for art enthusiasts who want to own their piece of this work’s aesthetic charm.

Overall, Raphaelesque Head Exploding remains an important piece in Salvador Dali’s artistic portfolio that highlights his unique style and mastery in expressing his profound feelings about world events through his artworks.

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