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The story of the creation of this picture began with the separation. In 1929, Dali came to his beloved Cadaqués. Once, the French poet Paul Eluard decided to visit him (unfortunately) with his wife Elena Dyakonova, who would later be known to fans of Dali's art as Gala.
Initially, the woman did not take the eccentric artist seriously, but then she managed to consider in the figure of a surrealist an outstanding personality who so won her heart. The result of this situation was the decision of Gala to leave the Eluard and connect his life with Dali.
The artist, in his own words, should be able to capture the image of the unfortunate poet - as compensation for the stolen muse. However, despite the fact that a portrait was announced, the picture more reflects the experiences of Dali himself. So, the canvas is saturated with Freudian symbols. The poet’s head itself hovers over the dull landscape so characteristic of Dali’s works. To the right of Eluard is the head of a lion, which, according to the artist, symbolizes his fear of women.
The fidelity of such an interpretation is also indicated by the female head, made in the form of a jug. Again, Freudianism blows from this motive, with something like “a woman is a vessel that should be filled”. To the left of Eluard, the artist himself is depicted with locusts across his face. This insect also repeatedly appeared on the canvases of Salvador Dali. It is for the artist the embodiment of all the fears that only he can experience.
The introduction of the locust image has a purely psychological motivation: Dali was dreading these insects to death, which was what his not-so-good classmates used during their studies at the Academy.
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