Salvador Dalí, 'Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Wakening Up'
1944. Oil on panel. 51 x 41 cm
Dalí’s wife Gala sleeps, naked, above a seascape: the bee of the title buzzes round a pomegranate beside her, whilst a second pomegranate bursts to release a rockfish, two tigers and a rifle with a bayonet, representing the bee sting that will awaken her. Painted in the USA, it marks a return to Dalí’s earlier style, based on Freud’s theories of unconscious association – but it also anticipates the psychedelia of the '60s, an image that would inspire a thousand rock album covers.