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Dalí painted these monumental panels at a time of intense personal discovery and expression, while the world around him erupted into conflict
The work itself is comprised of two separate panels—male and female—and sees the head and bust of each covered by a barren desert landscape and mesmerizing sky. As you would expect, Dalí’s recurring surrealist motifs are peppered throughout: Scattered rocks and indiscernible human figures sit alongside a skeletal tree, the now-famous image of a girl skipping and a burning giraffe.
The silhouettes are finished in thick gold and the painting is signed Gala Salvador Dalí, as a tribute to the artist’s wife.