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The painting that I chose to compare to the novel Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka was painted in 1937 by Salvatore Dali Dali is an established Surrealist painter who like Kafka explored his own psyche and dreams in his work Dali invented a process called the paranoiac critical method which is used in this painting to assist his creative process As Dali described it his aim in painting was to materialize the images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialistic fury of precisionin order that the world of imagination and of concrete irrationality may be as objectively evidentas that of the exterior world of phenomenal reality1 The rich landscape seems to be limitless in detail Dali rendered every detail of this landscape with precise accuracy striving to make his paintings as realistic as possible In Greek mythology Narcissus was a beautiful young youth who fell in love with his own reflection and then drowned while trying to embrace himself His body was never recovered but a flower which was named after him was The left side of this painting shows the kneeling Narcissus outlined by the craggy rocks of what could only be Cape Creuss On the right side of the painting the scene has morphed into a more idyllic and classical scene in which the kneeling Narcissus has become the statue of a hand holding a cracked egg from which emerges The Narcissus flower This painting reminded me of the first chapter of Metamorphosis where the main character Gregor Samsa first realizes that he is confronted with a ludicrous fate in the form of a gigantic insect In both Kafkas and Dalis work I noticed that they both implement a certain receding technique Dali tends to put an object In this case Narcissus In the foreground and the background of the painting tends to be very crisp and detailed yet unimportant compared to Narcissus I feel
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