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Salvador Dali is one of the most famous representatives of the surrealistic trend in the visual arts. His canvases are subject to understanding of not every spectator, they require a certain preparation for perception.
Dali's paintings are imbued with the symbolism of individual traits that accompany almost every of his creations. The painting "Fountain" was painted by Dali in 1930.
The picture leaves a mixed impression after viewing it. The first thing that attracts attention is a huge object in the center of the canvas, which is a fountain. On one side of it is visible the image of a female face. The face has bulging whites of the eyes, pupils are absent. This mouth is also sewn up. This image is both frightening and attractive, the viewer wants to understand what the author wanted to convey in this way. First of all, this image personifies panic and hopelessness.
Figures of people in the foreground express similar emotions. The expression of their bodies personifies horror, confusion. In contrast to their emotions, many different keys are depicted in the right corner of the canvas. They are a symbol of exit options and the resolution of their problems. But people are not interested in finding a way out of this situation; they do not pay any attention to the keys.
The background of the picture evokes a sense of panic on the viewer. The space in which the figures are located has no clear boundaries; it is infinite. Dali portrayed the surrounding interior in cosmic gloomy colors. This color scheme creates the prerequisites for melancholy contemplation and understanding of the idea of the picture.
The apotheosis to the situation depicted in the picture is the figure of a dog in the foreground. She stands motionless near two human figures. The dog is indifferent to what is happening - she does not experience no horror or panic, she is indifferent to everything that is happening around.