Dali's Homage to Rothko: Defense Against Fusion with the Victim
This paper explores the thematic content of a painting by Salvador Dali in homage to Mark Rothko completed four years after the latter’s suicide. The content and form of the painting offer only a little self-evident relation to Rothko or his work. This paper suggests two psychological factors, the death of Dali’s infant brother nine months before his own birth and a struggle against what Shelly Orgel termed fusion with the victim which may have played a part in Dali’s artistic reaction to Rothko’s suicide.
John Hartman, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Tampa Psychoanalytic Institute
Discussant: Cassandra Klyman, M.D.
Associate Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
Thursday, November 9
4448 East Hall, UM
(Corner of Church Street and South University Avenue)