The painting was painted by the great Spanish artist in 1937. Many plots were taken as its basis, the central place is occupied by the story of Narcissus - a young man who once bent at a spring with clear water, was so subdued by his own beauty that he died from the inability to satisfy his feelings. Narcissus worshiped himself and this love destroyed him.
The legend ends with the death of a young man who refused all benefits, including food, in order to satisfy his love for himself. The gods took Narcissus to themselves and turned them into a beautiful spring flower. Having taken the beginning of the picture from Ovid's poem, and based on it the well-known ancient Greek legend, Dali created a sensual and beautiful work.
In the foreground of the canvas, the viewer is given the opportunity to personally see Narcissus in thoughtfulness sitting near the water. Narcissus’s knees are bent, and his head is lowered, so that it becomes clear to everyone that he cannot take his eyes off his image.
In the background of the picture you can see a stone block in the form of a hand from several fingers. This hand holds an egg - a symbol of rebirth and new life, for a moment it seems that a narcissus is about to appear from it and it really appears. The background of the painting is decorated with a group of naked people, as well as a chessboard with a pedestal in the center. There are no other figures on the board, which is also symbolic, because it also recalls the immense love of Narcissus for his own person, and the loneliness to which the hero condemns himself with his actions.
“Metamorphoses of Narcissus” is one of Dali’s most beautiful and symbolic works, for the writing of which he prepared special brushes and paints and even mastered working with completely unfamiliar brushing techniques. Among other things, Dali wrote a small lyric poem for the picture, in which he compared himself to the main character, loudly proclaiming that he is Narcissus.
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