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Salvador Dali, Cover of Vogue, 1939

Shoji Ueda, Formal Wear by Takeo Kikuchi for Men's Bigi, 1983-84

I've observed that in surrealism, the identity of a person is often hidden. Like shown above, Dali had covered the head of his figures with flowers and changes another figure's head into tree branches. Similarly, Ueda painted/collage the face of a man leaving the eye and the mouth. These figures can still be recognized as human but it's quite mysterious to not know what the faces underneath the cover are like. Perhaps in dreams, it's rarely that we're able to recognize the faces of people we dreamt, and so surrealists incorporate other objects to describe the identity instead.

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