The Face of War

The Face of War
Artist Salvador Dalí
Year 1940
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Dimensions 25.2 in × 31.1 in
100 cm × 79 cm
Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
The Persistence of Memory, 1931
The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, 1952-1954
The Face of War, 1940
The Ecumenical Council, 1960
Landscape Near Figueras, 1910
Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951
Lobster Telephone, 1936
Swans Reflecting Elephants, 1937
Apparatus and Hand, 1927
The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, 1959
Morphological Echo, 1934-36
The First Days of Spring, 1929

The famous surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí, gave us several works of art that are considered masterpieces by many. The Face of War is an oil on canvas painting which he produced in 1940, which was a difficult year due to World War II. Salvador Dali was inspired by this traumatic period and painted The Face of War, which essentially depicts a frightening, brownish face, which represents the ugliness of war.

This face is similar to a skull or to the face of a cadaver, and it is seen with a desert landscape as background. In this face’s eye sockets and mouth opening one can see three smaller, similar faces. One can also see many serpents swarming around the face, and a hand print in the lower right corner.

Artistic Techniques

Dali tried to come up with a painting that shows the ugliness of war through surrealism. The brownish colors he used evoke a sense of desperation and misery. The painting also makes one feel sad and frightened when looking into its deeper meaning and its various elements.

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