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“Hand Painted Dreams”: Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist Symbolism Of Female Childhood Innocence

The 150th Anniversary Edition of “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Salvador Dalí, is a treasure for a home library of any size. Published by alices-adventures-in-wonderland-by-lewis-carroll-illustrated-by-salvador-dali-2015Princeton University Press in 2015, the great work by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is hauntingly interpreted by Dalí’s twelve heliogravures, one for each chapter.

Dalí created a timeless symbolic image of the innocence of young girls in his 1935 masterpiece “Nostalgic Echo”. The “hand painted dream photograph” depicts a “Girl Skipping Rope” in a courtyard, an elongated shadow before her, and the surreal image repeated above in the bell tower.

He continued the theme the next year in his Triptych “Landscape With A Girl Skipping Rope” (1936).


Dalí presents the motifs of the bell tower (time), evoking the allusion of a clock striking twelve (“Cinderella” & 12 chapters in “Wonderland”), and the “dreamlike” symbolism of feminine innocence “undone” as young girls skipping rope eventually mature and become women.

Metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), clearly influenced Dalí with the girl the-melancholy-and-mystery-of-a-street-giorgio-de-chirico-1914pushing the hoop in “The Mystery and Melancholy of a Street” (1914). 

“Alice” becomes conscious of herself, changing as she descends into the rabbit hole, not unlike the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Or Innocence Lost.


Eloquent Lives: Hans Ulrich Obrist As Cultural “Junction Maker”

“The Exchange.” section of WSJ Magazine is a window into what is beautiful and culturally vibrant in the world. The life of Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, maximizes spontaneity by living a purposeful structured existence:

“I believe in embracing chance in the process – serendipitous moments happen ever day” 

Three times a day he takes a 10-minute walk between the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, separated by Serpentine Lake in Kensington Gardens, one of eight Royal Parks in London.

Meetings with, among others, poets, painters, architects and Neurologists are “weaved” into exhibits, symposiums and interviews of the most important modern artists.


The September 2016 article in WSJ is a must read along with:


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