Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989) portrays the Greek myth in “Metamorphosis of Narcissus,” telling his story through symbolism and imagery in his well-known Paranoiac-Critical style. In the story, Narcissus falls in love with his own reflection, forgets to eat or sleep, and is immortalized where he died as a flower by the gods. Dali, a renowned 20th century artist, utilized emotion such as paranoia in his artworks to prompt the brain to connect images that would not otherwise be rationally linked.
Flamboyant and groundbreaking Spanish artist Salvador Dali is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest artists. An icon of the Surrealist movement his blend of eccentric perspectives and controversial influences resulted in wildly imaginative, unforgettable dreamscapes that are uniquely Dali. Inspired by Freud, Dali accessed his subconscious to create more intense artistic expression. Creatively prolific, he produced 1,500 paintings, along with sculptures, drawings, films, clothing and jewelry.