As Halloween continues to sneak closer, we took a look through our permanent collection to find our most ghoulish and scary art. For today, we decided to share with you this piece by Salvador Dali, a 1968 work titled The Cards Spell Death of Carmen.
As a surrealist painter, Dali created work which questions our traditional sense of reality. This macabre lithograph shows a central figure with splashes of red for her clothes and hair. This bloody color also spreads to the cards. And to top off the piece, there are two skeletons hovering suspiciously in the background with distended and distorted bones, which are common images for Dali. It doesn’t look like a pleasant fate for Carmen.Salvador Dali Spain, 1904-1989 Carmen Act III: “The Cards Spell Death of Carmen”, 1968 Lithograph 25 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Purchase, 1972