Swans Reflecting Elephants

Swans Reflecting Elephants
Artist Salvador Dalí
Year 1937
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Private collection
Dimensions 20.08 in × 30.31 in
51 cm × 77 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

Swans Reflecting Elephants is an interesting oil on canvas painting by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí. This painting dates back to the year 1937 and depicts a lake which is used as a medium to reflect the images of elephants from the swans which are swimming in the lake. It is a very well thought out painting as the leafless trees by the lake are also reflected, and when coupled up with the swans’ reflections, they really seem like elephants. The landscape contrasts with the stillness of the lake, as Salvador Dalí uses swirl-like images to depict the background cliffs and skies.

Artistic Techniques

Salvador Dalí liked to make use of double images. This was one of his most common techniques. In fact this painting comes from his Paranoiac-critical period where he tried to create visual illusions and hallucinatory forms. The double images in this painting are the swans and the elephants.

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