Portrait of Gala with tusks of rhinoceros by Salvador Dali

Portrait of Gala with tusks of rhinoceros by Salvador Dali

In the work there are tusks of a rhinoceros, as in the film “The explosion of the Raphael head”. According to Dali, in nature there is no better example of a “logarithmic spiral than the curves formed by the tusks of a rhinoceros”.

In this portrait Galya’s head appears over the Spanish gulf. The intense blue color of the sky and the sea contrasts with the bright red border that delineates her bust. Her neck and chest are formed of rhinoceros tusks. One of the coastal rocks to the left of Gala is also made up of rhinoceros tusks. The rock has broken up into its component parts, but the general outlines are still guessed.

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