Portrait of Sigmund Freud by Salvador Dalí (print)


Dalí produced this portrait shortly after visiting Freud in London on 22 July 1938.

Freud was deeply impressed by Dalí. After the visit, he wrote to their mutual friend Stefan Zweig:

I was inclined to look upon the surrealists, who have apparently chosen me as their patron saint, as absolute (let's say 95 percent, like alcohol) cranks.The young Spaniard, however, with his candid fanatical eyes and his undeniable technical mastery, has made me reconsider my opinion.

In his memoirs, Dalí spoke of the inspiration for his picture while eating a meal of snails in France:

All of a sudden I saw a photograph of Professor Freud on the front page of a newspaper which someone beside me was reading ... I uttered a loud cry. I had just that instant discovered the morphological secret of Freud! Freud's cranium is a snail! His brain is in the form of a spiral - to be extracted with a needle! This discovery strongly influenced the portrait drawing which I later made from life, a year before his death.


 10" x 8"


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