Still Life by Moonlight, 1926 by Salvador Dali
Although this painting is Cubist in style, its imagery has a strong poetic, and surreal quality. Picasso was already exhibiting this combination of apparently contradictory elements in his work. However, while the bust lying on the table in Dali's work recalls Picasso's Studio with Plaster Head, images such as the guitar, whose neck uncannily resembles the bodies of the fish lying next to it, are Dali's own inventions. Indeed he later identified the flaccid guitar as a precursor of the famous soft watches of The Persistence of Memory.
While most of Still Life by Moonlight is inappropriately nocturnal tones, the expressiveness of the scene is enhanced by the occasional use of bright colors, especially in the remarkable bluefish, which Dali has endowed with unexpectedly vivacious features.