Editorial Article by Nick Hilden, ArtZine
No one has ambiguous feelings about a Dali. When confronted by his work, viewers are either delighted or reject it outright, but in either case, the person in question would likely have a difficult time explaining why they had such a reaction. And this is the whole point of Dali’s work. Indeed, it is the purpose of surrealism—the dredging up of difficult to articulate feelings, thoughts, or sensations.
Does that seem like a rather vague definition? Don’t worry, it is. But for us to make more sense of it, we’ll have to first delve into the history of surrealist art.