Answer to the Monday Mystery

"ants, nails, and flies on nude" from Mémoires de Casanova. Salvador Dali (1967).

You guys are fast. I’m not. I have waited until Thursday to answer Monday’s Art Mystery.

10 points go to Warren for being the first to register the correct answer: Salvador Dali. Plus, I’ll throw an extra 2 to Guillaume for smart commentary.

For context about this mystery, you’ll want to visit José’s fascinatingly thorough Salvador Dali’s Mutant Ants (in Spanish).

5 thoughts on “Answer to the Monday Mystery”

  1. This picture brings to mind James Thurber’s remark about Dali:

    “Let me be the first to admit that the naked truth about me is to the naked truth about Salvador Dali as an old ukulele in the attic is to a piano in a tree, and I mean a piano with breasts. “

  2. Bill Rockenbeck

    I like how he drew all his ants with 4 legs until one day apparently someone pointed out that they actually have 6. He never quite got them all to connect to the thorax, though.

  3. Marc "Teleutotje" Van der Stappen

    This reminds me of the article “Ants and Surrealism: The Taxonomy of Salvador Dali’s Imaginary Ants” by V. Fourcassié on page 11 in Notes From Underground, A Myrmecological Newsletter, Number 5 – Fall 1990. Nobody ever gave an answer to the question in it. Fourcassié wanted to find out on which ant species Dali based his drawings…

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