Salvador Dalí, ‘Leviathan’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This chaotic and violent piece shows the result of attempting to defeat Leviathan.
Leviathan represents a variety of large creatures in the bible and stands as a symbol for God and the dangers of defying Him. In Dali's image, the blue ellipse in the upper center represents the all-seeing eye of God looking down at a mess of figures, animals, and colors.

Signature: Signed in the plate, lower right

Publisher: Rizzoli of Milan, Italy

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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