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    • The Great Paranoiac.

    • The Great Paranoiac.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Optical illusions; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Lust; Sex; Men; Women; Fathers; Nudes; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Rocks

    • "The painting belonged to Edward James. Surely one of Dali's finest double images." (Caption); "Dali said that The Great Paranoiac had been conceived after a discussion with Josep María Sert about Arcimboldo, and that the...
    • The Old Age of William Tell.

    • The Old Age of William Tell.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Allusions; Symbols; Sex; Relations between the sexes; Fear; Anxiety; Lust; Nudes; Men; Women; Couples; Older people; Beards; Breasts; Backs (Anatomy); Animals; Wild cats; Lions; Shadows; Bedsheets

    • "Action behind the sheet, in the presence of the ubiquitous lion. Dali said the painting referred to his and Gala's repudiation by his father. There are allusions to Gala's operation, which Dali feared might be fatal." (Caption);...
    • Still Life (Syphon and Bottle of Rum).

    • Still Life (Syphon and Bottle of Rum).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Still life paintings; Still lifes; Bottles; Containers; Alcoholic beverages; Beverages; Fruit; Pears; Food

    • "One of the paintings given by Dali to Lorca [Federico García Lorca]." (Caption); Of the Cubist paintings, one in particular, Still Life (1924) - also known as Syphon and Bottle of Rum- riveted the attention of public and critics alike....
    • Illumined Pleasures.

    • Illumined Pleasures.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Allusions; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Psychiatry; Psychotherapy; Portraits; Self-portraits; Women; Men; Fathers; Families; Family; Spouses; Mothers; Heads...

    • "One of Dali's most Freudian paintings. Indeed, the elderly gentleman helping the lady in distress seems to be Freud himself, borrowed from [Max] Ernst's Pietà or Revolution by Night." (Caption); "Illumined Pleasures is one Dali's...
    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Film stills; Motion pictures; Video recording; Storytelling; Fantasy; Myths; Science fiction; Metamorphosis; Supernatural; Supernatural beings; Heroes; Dandies; Men; Ears; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Corsages

    • "Here the artist aspires to a metamorphosis which hints partly at mythology, partly at science fiction. However, with mock pathos, Barney's floppy ears and dual kiss-curls inadequately match up to the four horns of the ram which the video's...
    • Two Urinals.

    • Two Urinals.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Plumbing fixtures; Urination; Allusions; Sex; Men; Hygiene; Walls

    • "These highly stylized, non-utilitarian versions of plumbing fixtures evoke complex psycho-sexual concerns surrounding issues of hygiene and male bonding. At the same time, they participate in a witty dialogue with Jasper Johns's famous bronze...
    • Talking.

    • Talking.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Arms (Anatomy); Hands; Fingers; Body parts; Clocks & watches; Cigarettes; Smoking; Smoke; Worry

    • "As in certain paintings by Francis Bacon, existential givens were made stubbornly palpable in Guston's pictures. Recurrent images such as a head with a single wide-open eye, wrist-watches, bare light-bulbs, or cigarette butts spoke of bouts...
    • Saccho H8 (Sack H8).

    • Saccho H8 (Sack H8).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Bags; Stencils (Images); Numerals; Mixed media

    • "The sacks used in these canvases often displayed stenciled letters relating to their commercial origins. This suggests some link with the German prewar Dadaist, Kurt Schwitters who made collages from printed waste paper. However, Burri,...
    • Hand Catching Lead, film still.

    • Hand Catching Lead, film still.

    • Film stills; Motion pictures; Processes & techniques; Time; Falling; Metals; Hands; Fingers; Body parts; Locomotion; Human locomotion

    • "This 3-minute 30-second film, like others produced by Serra in the same year, related to a famous 'verb list' which he compiled in 1967-8. The verb involved in this instance is 'to grasp' but the list also included 'to roll, to crease, to...
    • L.H.O.O.Q., replica, from "Boite-en-Valise, image and text.

    • L.H.O.O.Q., replica, from "Boite-en-Valise, image and text.

    • Reproductions; Paintings; Oil paintings; Portrait paintings; Portraits; Women; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Beards; Mustaches; Veils; Headgear; Posing; Smiling; Landscapes (Representations); Puns (Visual works); Language; Inscriptions;...

    • Replica of L.H.O.O.Q., Paris, 1919, from "Boite-en-Valise." Color reproduction of the Mona Lisa altered with a pencil; "The most famous instance of visual and verbal punning in Duchamp's work is L.H.O.O.Q., whose title is a bilingual...
    • L.H.O.O.Q., replica, from "Boite-en-Valise, image only.

    • L.H.O.O.Q., replica, from "Boite-en-Valise, image only.

    • Reproductions; Paintings; Oil paintings; Portrait paintings; Portraits; Women; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Beards; Mustaches; Veils; Headgear; Posing; Smiling; Landscapes (Representations); Puns (Visual works); Language; Artists' signatures

    • Replica of L.H.O.O.Q., Paris, 1919, from "Boite-en-Valise." Color reproduction of the Mona Lisa altered with a pencil. "The most famous instance of visual and verbal punning in Duchamp's work is L.H.O.O.Q., whose title is a bilingual...
    • Guernica.

    • Guernica.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Civil wars; War; Politics & government; Political issues; Dictators; Nazis; Fascism; Civilization; Bombings; Military tactics; War destruction & pillage; Death; Dismemberment; Body parts; Mental states; Despair;...

    • "In this monumental work of 1937, Guernica, Picasso combined Analytic and Synthetic Cubist forms with several traditional motifs, juxtaposing them in a new Surrealist way. The combination serves the political message of the painting - namely,...
    • Palette of King Narmer, back (left), front (right).

    • Palette of King Narmer, back (left), front (right).

    • Sculpture; Bas-reliefs; Plaques; Storytelling; History; Inscriptions; Hieroglyphics; Writing systems; Names; Symbols; Myths; Legends; Homicides; Decapitations; Men; Kings; Rulers; People associated with politics & government; Heroes; Enemies;...

    • From Hierakonpolis, Egypt. "In Predynastic times, Egypt was divided geographically and politically into Upper Egypt (the southern, upstream part of the Nile Valley), a narrow tract of grassland that encouraged hunting, and Lower (northern)...
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