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

About Raphaelesque Head Bursting

“Raphaelesque Head Bursting” is an oil on canvas artwork created by the renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dali in 1951. Measuring 43 x 33 cm, the painting adopts the surrealist genre, bearing the distinct mark of Dali’s fascination with dream-like imagery and subconscious interpretations. Currently, the artwork is housed in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, UK. As a feat of surrealism, it challenges traditional perceptions and evokes a sense of mystique and reinterpretation of reality.

The artwork portrays an ethereal explosion of a head, reminiscent of the serene faces painted by the Renaissance artist Raphael. The head appears to be disintegrating or “bursting” into an array of smaller parts, transforming into a floating, architectural landscape comprised of what seem to be capricious forms and solemn edifices. The interplay of sharp contrasts and soft, curving elements contributes to a dynamic tension within the work, engaging the viewer in a visual conundrum that is typical of Dali’s oeuvre. Surreal and meticulous in detail, the painting invites contemplation on the nature of the mind, perception, and the ephemeral qualities of existence.

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