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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
8:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor
4448 East Hall, UM
(Corner of Church Street and South University Avenue)