Salvador Dali meets Sigmund Freud  

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Accompanied by Gala, Stefan Zweig, and Edward James, on July 19, 1938, Salvador Dali meets Sigmund Freud. On that occasion Dali brought the painting The Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937) for analysis.

The following day, Freud wrote to the Austrian-born writer Stefan Zweig:

"until now I was inclined to regard the Surrealists – who seem to have chosen me as their patron saint – as 100% mad (let’s say 95%, as with alcohol). This young Spaniard, with his ingenuous fanatical eyes and his undeniable technical mastery, has suggested to me a different appreciation. In fact, it would be very interesting to explore analytically the creation of such a painting." (Letter from Sigmund Freud to Stefan Zweig, 20 July 1938, in Sigmund Freud and Stefan Zweig, Correspondance, trans. by Didier Plassard and Gisella Hauer, Paris 1995, p.128.)

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