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Dali Foundation Presents Metamorphosis of Narcissus on Loan From Tate Gallery
Salvador Dali, Métamorphose de Narcisse 1937, oil on canvas. 51.1 x 78.1 cm. Tate Modern, London.
FIGUERES.- The Dalí Foundation presented today the temporary loan of the oil painting Metamorphosis of Narcissus, from the Tate Modern collection, that will be seen in the "Dalí d'Or" Room, at the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres for three months.

This painting is from Dalí's Paranoiac-critical period. According to Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Unable to embrace the watery image, he pined away, and the gods immortalized him as a flower. Dali completed this painting in 1937 on his long awaited return to Paris after having had great success in the United States.

The painting shows Narcissus sitting in a pool, gazing down. Not far away there is a decaying stone figure which corresponds closely to him but is perceived quite differently as a hand holding up a bulb or egg from which a narcissus is growing. In the background, a group of naked figures can be seen, while a third narcissus like figure appears on the horizon.

A long poem was written by Dalí to accompany the painting. The Metamorphosis of Narcissus is currently on display at Museum of Modern Art in New York City.








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