About this artwork
Salvador Dalí painted this dream-like landscape punctuated by an uncanny portico and a disintegrating figure during the Spanish Civil War, when he went into an itinerant exile that brought him to London, Paris, and the United States, among other locales. While the desolation of the nearly featureless landscape gives the composition an overwhelming sense of infinitude, the two distinctly bean-shaped forms in the foreground demonstrate the artist’s continued focus on all things small, which he first outlined in his avant-garde “Poem of Little Things,” published in 1927. In relation to another painting “embellished with a few boiled beans,” Dalí later wrote in his memoir that “one could not imagine swallowing all that unconscious meat without the presence (however uninspiring) of some mealy and melancholy vegetable,” suggesting that he used the bean motif to lighten depictions of potentially sorrowful subjects, a part of his life-long concern with the palatability of his art.
- Salvador Dalí
- Visions of Eternity
- Oil on canvas
- 81 1/2 × 46 1/4 in. (207 × 117.5 cm)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Shapiro
- © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2018