Salvador Dalí, ‘The Bush That Was Not Burnt’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

The burning bush represents the site at which Moses was appointed by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Dali paints the bush in the upper right corner of the image. He uses yellow and red tones to convey the idea that the bush was on fire but did not burn. Moses is shown in the center in bright orange. Cool blue tones in the lower right corner provide contrast to the fiery tones above.

Signature: Signed in the stone, 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