Illusion and Genius by Salvador Dali

This is “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea” by Salvador Dali.  I photographed it at the Theater-Museum in Figueres, Spain. For those who don’t know, this is actually a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. You cannot see the president’s face though, unless you are at the right distance. It is an artwork of illusion and genius of one of the greatest painters of the World.

Illusion and geniality by Salvador Dali- Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea

For this painting, Dali was inspired by a Scientific American article on face perception. He made this portrait as a โ€œblock averagingโ€ render of the Lincoln image on the five dollars bill. Simplistically speaking,  the artist broke down the image into a grid of blocks. Further on, he over-imposed his wife nude over the cubist president’s portrait. Curves within squares, creating a perfect illusion… Wow! When you are close by, you see his wife Gala. However, from 20 meters away  (about 65eet), you can see the president’s portrait.

Here are some people in the museum trying to position themselves for the best view. All lined up ๐Ÿ™‚

Positioning to see Lincoln portrait from the right distance

Luckily and surprisingly, there were no restrictions on taking photos. However I’m still not sure about the copyright rules. Therefore, I tried to take this picture like it was part of the museum. My Lincoln portrait shot shows the painting inside of a niche in the wall. I took it  purposely like that. It is not meant to be a reproduction of this artist’s artwork. It is my own artwork – so to say – and it’s as authentic as you can get.

Dali’s Illusion and Genius is available as gifts

I hope you are as impressed as I am by this Dali masterpiece. I know you can buy an accurate reproduction of it. But if you want to consider my picture as something that nobody else has, you can have it for yourself or as a gift. The popular size print is 26.75″ x 36.00″. This is how this Dali illusion and genius artwork can look like on your wall:

Dali master piece of Lincoln portrait art print by Tatiana Travelways

But you can also have it as a greeting card, tote bag or a phone case. Many other options are available.

Actually, I have a friend who only likes squares. – Don’t ask me why… For her and others like her, I have some special gift ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ What about a square Throw Pillow or a Tote Bag? Just click on them to see the options:

Imagination Throw Pillow
Imagination Tote Bag

I think that this image makes a great puzzle too. Here is the 500 pieces version but the 1000 pieces is available too. Just click on it:

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will come back to my GiftSmart website for great coming gift ideas!


Part of my WP Photo Challenges blogs:
This post was made in 2019 and updated with new additions.


Also previously posted to: Ceeโ€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles, Curves and Arches |  Sunday Stills: All #Lined Up

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6 Comments on “Illusion and Genius by Salvador Dali”

  1. oh these are fabulous lines, and what an amazing picture he painted . . .only thing is I will not be able to include it in the weekend gallery as none of the pictures are coming up square on my screen. Is it me, or have you not squared? If you’d like to be included then just send me a link when squared ๐Ÿ™‚

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