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'Surrealism'.In both Seeing is Believing - The Invisible Isle and Metamorphosis of Narcissus, water is a strong element, and whereas Dalis water is quite detailed and you are unable to see the brushstrokes, Penroses brushstrokes are quit

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There many images in the painting. I think if you look at the painting from far away it simply looks like Dali just painted the same thing twice, although the two sides are similar, I think they are nothing alike. The blue decaying hand is crawling with ants. On top of this is an egg with the Narcissus sprouting from it. I think there is a display of life from death as the ants make their home on the dead hand. To the right of this is a starving dog eating fresh meat. Behind this is a chessboard with a man standing on top looking around the landscape, and even further at the back there are mountains with the again repeated shape just hiding behind them In both �Seeing is Believing - The Invisible Isle� and �Metamorphosis of Narcissus�, water is a strong element, and whereas Dali�s water is quite detailed and you are unable to see the brushstrokes, Penrose�s brushstrokes are quite visible and more blurred than detailed. Another feature in both paintings is a hand. In Dali�s painting the hand to me gives the impression of being decayed because it is blue. ...read more.

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