In the middle there is another form with the shape of the man but this one appears to be a stone hand that is holding an egg. Metamorphosis of Narcissus - Salvador Dali Metamorphosis of Narcissus - Salvador Dali The painting Metamorphosis of Narcissus was created in 1937 by oil on canvas by Salvador Dali. The Chess board and statue have red and yellow tones but the mountains in the distance seem to have more blues and grays. The last scene is behind the stone hand. Dali uses colors and symbols to show the passion and grief throughout the whole story of Narcissus and Echo. Painted in Spain between 1936 and 1937, The Metamorphosis of Narcissus retells the story of the tragic fate of Narcissus and Echo. This stone hand is holding up an egg which represents the last bit that is left of Narcissus. The dog is eating a bloody piece of meat which can be assumed to be a piece of Narcissus’ flesh. It is up on a pedestal because Narcissus thinks of himself as a more worthy being than the rest of humanity. Narcissus has shunned the surroundings in his life so that he is left in isolation. This scene is very cold with blues and grays to show a loss of passion within Narcissus. The ants crawling up the thumb and the dog represent different forms of destruction. The women behind the giant man can be perceived as the nymphs and women that have been in Narcissus’ life. Even thou Echo is dead there is still some passion alive in her. The last two scenes are behind the two figures and may not be noticed right away by a viewer. The metamorphosis Narcissus goes through is broken down into four scenes. There are also two types of animals in this scene, one is some ants that are crawling up the thumb to the egg and the other is a dog that is at the right of the hand eating some sort of bloody meat. The smoking ashes are Dali’s way of showing that there is no more passion in Narcissus’ body. The final bit is with the hand and the egg. He tries to show the viewer grief, life and death, self-love, and sorrow, with many symbols and colors. The next two scenes show the life and death of Narcissus. Salvador Dali uses symbols and color to portray two themes that come from Ovid’s Metamorphosis. This oil on canvas painting portrays many feelings that come from the story. The fire behind the hand had gone out, just as the passion has died in Narcissus. Memail@example.com. The painting is sectioned so that is tells the story of Narcissus life using symbols and tones to show the good and bad throughout the painting. All the women are naked and some seem to be weeping, while others are dancing. This portion is painted in darker tones of red and yellow. We were asked a question after reading, "Metamorphosis of Narcissus & The Omega Point" about the painting’s directional flow and meaning. It is keeping him there because being directly behind him, he can’t move. He fell in love with it, but discovered he could not embrace it and died of frustration.
The ants crawling up Echo’s thumb show another form of discomposure, portraying that even beauty gets broken down and separated in the end. From out of the cracked egg, a narcissus flower sprouts. Metamorphosis of Narcissus This painting is Dali’s interpretation of the Greek myth of Narcissus. It has white petals and an orange cup in the center. In the story after she dies her voice stays in the mountains and her bones turn to stone. The title Metamorphosis of Narcissus states exactly what Dali is trying to create, changes that Narcissus faces during the story. The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali, 1937. El Punt, 2005. Dali shows the only passion that is left is in Echo’s finger tips by being the only yellow and warm toned part in this corner. Reflected on two different tones Dali shows the passion and coldness that is portrayed in the Narcissus story. He tries to draw the viewer in with images like the dog adds to the coldness and the group of people that have a feeling of community which adds to joy and passion. The egg is cracked with a white flower growing out of it. Leading the life that he did only will bring despair. Metamorphosis of Narcissus is Dali's interpretation of the Greek myth of Narcissus. Dali shows that the flower though alive but cold having no passion or emotions. Among the mountains in the background rests a third Narcissus figure. Dalí‘s interpretation of the Narcissus myth has obvious psychoanalytic aspects. This is the how Narcissus sees his life. The Metamorphosis of Narcissus is an important example of Dali's surrealistic art. The metamorphosis Narcissus goes through is broken down into four scenes. Narcissus is painted in a warm yellow but is surrounded by dark reds and back. The gods punished him by letting him see his own reflection in a pool. His surrounding world is the one that he has made for himself, but again Dali is showing this dark shadow of sorrow and despair that is all around Narcissus. On the right behind the figure of the man are a group of women gathered on a dirt road. He uses reds to show the enflamed passion that is shown in all throughout the story and then he has colder blues to portray death and sadness. He fell in love with it, but … Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937) by Salvador Dalí is the artist’s interpretation of the Narcissus myth in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.According to the myth, Narcissus was a beautiful youth courted by many suitors, who was too proud to love someone in return. The head resting on the figures knee is a sign of grief and sadness. This fire is the passion that he has for the reflection he sees of himself. Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali. The dark wall behind him shows the isolation and loneliness in Narcissus’ life. This painting still intact and in good condition hangs in the Tate Museum in London, England, allowing viewers to be overwhelmed by the surreal images that Dali presents. Because Dali is a surrealist everything that is placed in his painting has a meaning or else it wouldn't be there. The first scene is in the bottom left corner, it’s an enlarged shape of a man with his head resting on his knee. The ones that are weeping may have been ones that Narcissus has rejected and so he has left them in sorrow. One thing that I did find interesting in this analysis was the interpretation of the hand holding the egg on the right side of the painting. This figure is facing away towards the dark mountains with a black cloud moving over from the left. The fire is keeping him from getting up and leaving just as his passion for himself has kept him from leaving the side of the water. There are four main places where the painting has been split. There is no one around him because he has set himself away from all other people. This painting is Dalí's interpretation of the Greek myth of Narcissus. The first is a vertical split but it is also split along the horizontal plane. Narcissus was a youth of great beauty who loved only himself and broke the hearts of many lovers. Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. The gods punished him by letting him see his own reflection in a pool. It is, as the name implies, the artist's interpretation of the Greek myth of Narcissus . That with death there comes destruction and loss. The man is crouched in the water with his reflection shining back from a pool of water. There is a huge reddish black mountain side behind him. The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali is an abstract painting on Ovid’s tale of Narcissus and Echo. He uses all these tones to show the emotions and transformations that Narcissus goes through his life. Dali tries to show the viewer that beauty is destroyed in the end, that life never ends up as beautiful as it began. The egg has a flower blooming from it; the flower though is still placed in the shadows and with blue tones. Salvador Dali uses symbols and color to portray two themes that come from Ovid’s Metamorphosis. There is a statue that is standing on a pedestal in the middle of a chess board. Dali wants the viewer to sense vanity in Narcissus; the statue is positioned so that the feeling of the image is snobby. [The monologue of Narcissus is not from the myth of Narcissus in Metamorphoses, but is a creative/imaginative interpretation of the CAU to depict the predicament of the youth.] Narcissus was a youth of great beauty who loved only himself and broke the hearts of many lovers. Narcissus has realized that he will never have the person that he truly loves and he is grieved by this. The article explains how the hand represents Narcissus metamorphosis because of the way it is “juxtaposed to imitate Narcissus’ body”. The one piece on the chess board shows that Narcissus is the only being in his life, a one person game. The man staring at his reflection in the water would be Narcissus. There is a sense of grief with this form. Last updated 20 October 05
These four parts make this painting very interesting with different layers and emotions.