Morphological Echo (1934-36) by Salvador Dali and the Golden Rectangle
Successive Golden Rectangles dividing a Golden
Rectangle into squares (Morphological Echo
by Salvador Dali).
golden ratio and Morphological Echo 1934-36 by Salvador Dali.
(1904 - 1989) was a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres.
Dali was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking
and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly
skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance
Morphological Echo, 1934-36. This work was painted between 1934 and 1936 and measures
64 x 54 cm. It depicts a seemingly minimal architectural
setting with several surrealist images in its finer details.
In the distance is a wall housing a bell resembling the
figure of a woman in bundled skirts. In the distance towards
the center is a strangely eroded rock form.
This painting is displayed at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida on loan from the E. and A. Reynolds Morse collection.
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A golden rectangle
is a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio,
one-to-phi, that is, approximately 1:1.618. A distinctive
feature of this shape is that when a square section is
removed, the remainder is another golden rectangle, that is,
with the same proportions as the first. Square removal can
be repeated infinitely, which leads to an approximation of
the golden or Fibonacci spiral.