0268-Chocolate (1930)

Oil on canvas, dimensions unknown Private collection

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Chocolate (1930)

Analysis: For Dalí, food was one of the great pleasures of life as well as being a great source for his Surrealist images. For many years, he pushed the image of bread in his paintings and for his own publicity; once arriving in New York with a fifteen-foot loaf. His use of food is related to his view that “beauty will always be edible”, reminding us of our temporal nature.
The woman on the right of the picture has evolved from the woman with a jug-shaped head that appeared in several paintings of the time, including “Illumined Pleasures” (1929). The jug-shaped woman symbolized fear of the sex act, as the woman grins lasciviously waiting to be filled. This is a play on the Freudian dream definitions that interpret any vessel or jug as a symbol of the female. In “Chocolate“, Dalí has used this analogy again, but here the woman is shaped like an urn, with her neck and mouth forming the spout. Chocolate is dribbling from her mouth to the cup below her, and some spills down her side to land on the apple beneath. To the left, a figure on bended knee looks up to the woman as if in worship of a queen.

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