Salvador Dali

Le Signal de l'angoisse [The Signal of Anguish] (1936)

About this artwork

This painting probably has its origins in a fantasy of Dalí's, concerning a hidden voyeur who watches his object of desire through the window of a rundown building. The painting was probably begun around 1932. Minor alterations were made in 1936, namely the addition of a leafy branch which crosses the woman's shoulder, and slight changes to the cypress tree in the background. The branch may refer to the myth of Daphne, who was transformed into a bush. This would also explain the green tinge to her breasts.

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  • title: Le Signal de l'angoisse [The Signal of Anguish]
  • accession number: GMA 3956
  • artist: Salvador DaliSpanish (1904 - 1989)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Nudity Surrealism
  • date created: 1936
  • measurements: 21.80 x 16.20 cm (framed: 37.00 x 31.50 x 5.00 cm)
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • copyright: © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Dalí was born in Catalonia, Spain. After being thrown out of art school in Madrid in 1923, he experimented with a range of styles. By 1927 he began to move away from Cubism towards Surrealism. He was a keen follower of developments in surrealist art and literature and met Miró, a fellow Catalan and Surrealist, in 1927. A talented self-publicist, Dalí cultivated his eccentric personality as carefully as his meticulous, academic technique, inspired by the Old Masters. In addition to being a painter, sculptor, graphic artist and designer, Dalí collaborated in the making of the first surrealist film, 'Un chien andalou' in 1929.