Swans Reflecting Elephants

Swans Reflecting Elephants by Salvador Dali

Swans Reflecting Elephants by Salvador Dali was produced in 1937 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Surrealism movement. The work can be viewed now at Private Collection


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): elephants, swan


Swans Reflecting Elephants is an oil painting produced in 1937 by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

In Swans Reflecting Elephants painting, three swans in front of the picture were seen near the leafless trees and they were reflected by the water below them. The image reflected seems to be of elephant’s trunks similar to swans neck above the water and trees become the lower part of the elephants i.e. legs. The background of this picture contains a Catalonian landscape colored deep as there was a swirl around the lake but the water seems to be still. Salvador Dali hometown was Catalonian and thus depicted by the landscape. On the left-hand side of the painting was the self-portrait of Salvador Dali seems to be facing away from the scene. It means that he was frustrated with not having enough attention for his work in surrealism artwork,

The work cannot be viewed and owned as a private collection

The painting contains double images which were his technique of Paranoia critical method. In 1935, he said about this method to be The Conquest of the Irrational in which an understanding of irrational should be based on the critical association of the various phenomena. Dali used this technique to bring the visual illusion in the form of double images which attracts the viewer and he has to think about it.

In Swans Reflecting Elephants painting, Dali uses the water of the river to reflect the double image. Another painting of Dali was Metamorphosis of Narcissus in which he used the refection of the narcissus thus creating double images of the shape of his hand on the right-hand side of the painting. The dimensions of the painting Swans Reflecting Elephants were 51 cm × 77 cm or 20.08 in × 30.31 in.


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