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(credit: Zac Gorman)
Salvador Dalí, Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Eighteen Metres Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko), 1976
Oil and collage on canvas, 252.1 x 191.7 cm.
“This painting was inspired by a Scientific American article Dali read about visual perception which investigated the minimum number of pixels needed to describe a unique human face. Dali was challenged by that question and set about making this portrait of Lincoln using 121 pixels. In his canvas he pushes this concept of perception and external sight. This double image painting provides a meditation on the dual nature of things. In addition to the theme of sight and insight, the work alludes to themes of life and death and to Dali’s Spanish and American identity. The beauty of Gala is countered by references to mortality, including the focus on the assassinated president, the crucified image of Christ, and the dedication to Mark Rothko, a painter Dali’s age who committed suicide in 1970.”