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Mythology

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Dali illustrated Mythology by drawing very closely upon the symbolism of the ancient Greek legends. Using what he called "hasard objectif"(the meaningful manifestation of chance), he would often start with an abstract smudge, created in a single motion, and he developed his theme from this sign of Fate, like the Pythia of Delphi who interpreted the Oracle from the smoke coming out of the cave. This is particularly noticeable in his etchings entitled: "Œdipus and Sphinx", "Theseus and Minotaurus", "Jupiter", "Pegasus", and "The Milky Way". When Dali worked on these plates, he experimented with all kinds of unusual tools like chisels, nails or wheels for the "Birth of Venus", even a real octopus immersed in acid, which left its imprint on his "Medusa".
The Judgement of Paris, Salvador Dali
The Judgement of Paris
Oedipus and Sphinx, Salvador Dali
Oedipus and Sphinx
Theseus and Minotaurus, Salvador Dali
Theseus and Minotaurus
Hypnos, Salvador Dali
Hypnos
 
Jupiter, Salvador Dali
Jupiter
Athena, Salvador Dali
Athena
Narcissus, Salvador Dali
Narcissus
Saturn, Salvador Dali
Saturn
 
Flight and Fall of Icarus, Salvador Dali
Flight and Fall of Icarus
Birth of Venus, Salvador Dali
Birth of Venus
 Argus, Salvador Dali
Argus
Pegasus, Salvador Dali
Pegasus
 
Leda and Swan, Salvador Dali
Leda and Swan
Neptune, Salvador Dali
Neptune
Medusa, Salvador Dali
Medusa
The Milky Way, Salvador Dali
The Milky Way
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