Salvador Dalí: Double and multiple images.

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Contends that the 2 groups of paintings completed by Salvador Dalí in the 1930's exhibit the most extensive form of mutual dependence of theory and artistic practice within his overall production of images of this nature. The 1930 group tests the documentation of the paranoic phenomenon of multiple figuration in order to raise doubts about the supposed reality of the objects of the external world and to apply the erotic metaphor on a universal scale. It is suggested that the 1938 group displays conceptualized representations of paranoic-critical activity as promulgated in Dalí's writing of the mid-1930's. It is further suggested that Dalí's double images lack the theoretical and conceptual implications of the multiple images and generally indulge in facile visual trickery.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)311-335
Number of pages25
JournalAmerican Imago
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1983


  • Artists
  • Imagery
  • Painting (Art)
  • Psychoanalytic Interpretation


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