Madonna of Port Lligat (1950)
Although, I’m not a fan of the earlier work of Salvador Dali (having seen too many stickers of his art on the folders of angst-ridden teenage boys in the 70s- they all seemed to be fanatical lovers of the Doors and Lynard Skynard-I’m not sure the connection), I respond most to his work in film (‘Spellbound’ and ‘Porky Pig in Dodo land’) and his later Catholic work.
Virgin of Guadalupe 1959
At one time, a self-proclaimed atheist, Dali reconciled with his Catholic faith and became devout, espousing devotion to saints, daily prayer, sacrament of marriage, lifelong fidelity, Mariology, etc and saw these as being authentically revolutionary, especially in his later years when all of the above was anathema to the I, ME, MINE mindset (the horrors of WWII was also a factor in his conversion).
The Ecumenical Council 1960
Dali’s reconciliation with his faith caused a heated row with Andre Breton (who considered himself the spokesperson head of the surrealists and authored the Surrealist Manifesto). Breton insisted that a true surrealist HAD to be a practicing atheist and there was NO room for religion in the movement. Dali rightly saw Breton’s prerequisite as hypocritically transforming surrealism into a dogmatic religion. Famously, Dali left and eventually the movement collapsed while Dali persisted.
Christ of Saint John of the Cross 1951
For years, art historians and theologians criticized Dali’s later Catholic-themed work as kitsch. They were off. Dali had the pulse of that blue-collar Catholic surrealism. Now, his later work has been reassessed (imagine that). There’s a wonderful portrayal of him that captures his spirit in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.
Day of the Virgin 1947
God sends Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, 1964
Madonna of Port Lligat 1972
Microphysical Madonna 1954
The Ascension of Christ, 1958
The Sacrament of the Last Supper 1955
The Temptation of Saint Anthony’ (1946)
Corpuscular Madonna 1952
Cosmic Madonna 1958
I knew him in the breaking of bread, 1964
St. Helena of Port Lligat 1956
St. Jerome 1960
The Madonna and the Mystical Rose Salvador 1963
The Sacred Heart of Jesus 1962