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Metamorphosis of Narcissus (Métamorphose de Narcisse)

© Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2018. Photo credit: Tate

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This painting is Dalí's interpretation of the Greek myth of Narcissus. Narcissus was a youth of great beauty who loved only himself and broke the hearts of many lovers. The gods punished him by letting him see his own reflection in a pool. He fell in love with it, but discovered he could not embrace it and died of frustration. Relenting, the gods immortalised him as the narcissus (daffodil) flower.

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  • Date

    1937

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    51.1 x 78.1 cm

  • Accession number

    T02343

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased 1979

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