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Soft Construction with Boiled Beans A Premonition on Civil War is a painting done in 1936 by the star of Surrealism Salvador Dal It hangs among other paintings of the Surrealist movement in the Philadelphia Museum of Art I was drawn to this work by the strangeness of it It shows a large human-like mass of body parts looming over you in front of an ominous foreboding sky-scape It appeared very mysterious to me and that is why I had the interest to research it further I wanted to know what influenced these strange formswhat is the significance of boiled beanswho is that man pictured in the lower leftand in generalwhats going on here Salvador Dal is a fascinating enigma Born in Spain on May 111904 he was surrounded by women growing up There are a few specific instances in his early life which Dal names as causes for his mental problems Nine months before he was born Dal had an older brother pass away at two years of age This brothers name was also Salvador and his picture hung on the wall for years after the second Salvador was born It was because of this that he always thought of himself as the replacement child Another traumatizing incident in his life was the passing away of his mother in 1921 This time period reflected a great turning point in his artwork Goff 21 In October of 1921 Dal left home to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando At first Dal secluded himself and produced so many artworks that he barely had room for them in his room His professors were amazed at his talent Eventually Dal came out of this seclusion and this begins a time period where he meets many people who will influence his life and consequently his artwork Goff 30 One of the great influences on not only Dal but also all artists of
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