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Salvador Dalí painting “The Face of War”,1940.
Salvador Dalí , whose full name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol was a prominent surrealist painter known for his highly imaginative works and bizarre behavior. Dalí was born in May of 1904 in the small Spanish agricultural village of Figueres and is most widely known for his painting The Persistence of Time.
Dalí was fascinated with the subconscious mind and often used a process he described as “paranoiac critical” to induce hallucinatory states in himself and bring up images from his subconscious mind. The painting in this photo is titled The Face of War and represents the ugliness of war and the endless repeating of death and decay.
Although Dali’ drew inspiration from the wars that raged around the globe during that tumultuous time period, The Face of War was mostly inspired by the three year long Second Spanish Civil War which ravaged the people of his home country.
This photo took a great deal of lighting adjustments and restoration to complete. The basic coloring of the photo wasn’t incredibly difficult, but the color correction and adjustments took a great deal of time to get just right. Below is the full size original as well as my restoration and full size colorization.