Salvador Dali, watercolour, 1950

He is the omniscient and self-confident genius of painted art; an absurd and outrageous narcissist, but with brilliant technique. This surrealist devised his “critically paranoid method” based on psychoanalysis and automatism. Dali’s pieces regard the hallucinatory exaggerations of sexual, sadomasochist and neurotic ideas.

‘The Toady’ is both sinister and comical. Dali’s bloodthirsty excess of mannerism, lapsing into negativism, originates from a conceited form of painted art.


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