©Salvador Dali - Autumnal Cannibalism 1936

Autumnal Cannibalism 1936
Autumnal Cannibalism
1936 59x59cm oil/canvas
Tate Gallery, London, UK

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From the Tate Gallery, London, UK:
Painted just after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, this work shows a couple locked in a cannibalistic embrace. They are pictured on a table-top, which merges into the earthy tones of a Spanish landscape in the background. The conflict between countrymen is symbolised by the apple balanced on the head of the male figure, which refers to the legend of William Tell, in which a father is forced to shoot at his son.