©Salvador Dali - The Madonna of Port Lligat 1950

The Madonna of Port Lligat 1950
The Madonna of Port Lligat
1950 275x209cm oil/canvas
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

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From Fukuoka Art Museum :
The famous Surrealist painter Salvador Dali distanced himself from Surrealism after World War II, deepening his interests in the Catholic doctrine and classical European painting. Dali was also shocked by the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, which led him to develop an interest in atomic physics. This painting is an extremely important work in terms of furthering our understanding of Dali's post-war development. While borrowing extensively from traditional Christian iconography, the overall composition of the work takes the form of a nuclear structure. Furthermore, the Madonna has been replaced with an image of the artist's wife. It may be that Dali wished to convey the message that in this world, dominated by the fear of nuclear weapons, God no longer exists and that the only thing in which he can place his faith is the source of his own creativity, his wife Gala.