Nature Morte Vivante (Living Still Life), 1956

    Classical influences are again most prevalent in this Masterwork. Dalí had many times painted still life works such as tabletops filled with fruit, fish or bread. But this work is particularly important because it shows some of these objects in motion, suggesting Dalí's themes of Nuclear Mysticism.
    The knife in the center of the painting divides the work into several perfect sections, another reference to Dalí's obsession with classical methodology. The fruits in the upper right hand portion of the work are all in nuclear motion, as are one of the fruit bowls and the water spilling out of the decanter. A hand holds a rhinoceros horn on the left hand side of the work, while a cauliflower floret dominates the upper right hand section. All of these objects suggest the natural spiral shapes with which Dalí had become so obsessed.
    The small, colorful bits in the lower center of the work represent, according to Dalí, the bits of matter that are left over from when he painted this work. Taken as a whole, this piece is an in-depth examination of the tenets expounded upon Dalí in his theories of Divisionism and Nuclear Mysticism. Dalí asserted that all matter was not at all like it seemed, but instead had attributes that even he was only able to guess at. As nuclear physics continued to mature, Dalí was somewhat 'vindicated' in these beliefs, once the true nature of matter began to be unveiled.