Salvador Dalí, ‘An Idol By The Name Of Baal’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘An Idol By The Name Of Baal’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

The title of this piece refers to the idea that the Babylonians worshiped an idol called Baal. Dali paints this idol as a dark serpent form. He also shows the Babylonian king knelt before the idol on the far left. The facial expressions and projecting tongues suggest Dali agrees with the Bible's pronouncement on the foolishness of worshiping false idols.

Series: From the Biblia Sacra Suite: the largest suite of prints ever produced by Salvador Dali

Publisher: Rizzoli of Milan, Italy

Biblia Sacra: Dali & His Bible - Baterbys Art Gallery (Nov. 2017 - Jan. 2018)

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About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain