0327-Diurnal fantasies (1932)

Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm The Salvador Dali Museum, St Petersburg (Florida)

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Diurnal fantasies (1932)
Fantaisies diurnes

Analysis: Enigmatic is the single best word to use to describe this painting. Although Dalí had been painting some strange objects into his works for years now, the object in the center is most interesting. In form it is similar to the wall shown in “Memory of the Child Woman” which is also a sexual Surrealist tribute to Dalí’s lover and muse, Gala.
In this work however, the scene is simpler, consisting mainly of an elongated, somewhat rounded looking wall with several smooth alcoves in it. The largest of these houses a key, a symbol for the sex act, and a red jewel adorns the center. In several of the smaller alcoves, Dalí had written the words “Ma mère” or “My mother” over and over again, certainly a tribute to his dead mother, who had passed away in 1921.
Some differences between this work and its companion piece are the scenery, barely visible at the edges, and the addition of what might be the ruin of a Roman or Corinthian column. Dalí often played near the ruin of Ampurius, on the plane of Ampurdan near his home. References to classical Greco-Roman themes, architecture or gods are often associated with this connection that Dalí felt with his ancient ancestors in Europe.
Additionally, Dalí has rendered this work in a soothing blue tone, which despite the ram’s skull in the foreground, creates a sense of calm. It is thought that Dalí used the blue tone in both this work and others to honor one of the greatest Spanish painters of all time, Velazquez.