Salvador Dali’s Mind-Bending Interpretation Of “Alice In Wonderland”

Since at least the 1960s, Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland” has become something of an institution within hallucinogenic drug culture. From Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” waxing to The Matrix‘s pill-propelled trips to “Wonderland”, the book’s association with drugs–no matter how loosely rooted in reality–is unlikely to disappear any time soon. With that in mind, it of course makes sense that surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the man who boldly declared that he was drugs, would have provided his own illustrated interpretation of Alice and her trippy friends in 1969.

This collection of heliogravures (a fancy process where the artist etches figures onto a special gel-covered copper plate already exposed to film positives) eventually became one of Dalí’s most prized suites of all time. Blending the timeless whimsy of the children’s tale with the technicolor dreams of the 1960s, it’s easy to see why.

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Dali Alice In Wonderland Rabbithole

Down the Rabbit Hole Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Caucus

A Caucus Race and a Long Tale Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Caterpillar

Advice From a Caterpillar Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Pig

Pig and Pepper Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Frontispiece

Frontispiece Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Little Ill

The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Lobster Quadrille

The Lobster's Quadrille Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Mock Turtle

The Mock Turtle's Story Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Pool Tears

The Pool of Tears Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Queen Croquet

The Queen's Croquet Ground Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Who Stole Tarts

Who Stole the Tarts? Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Evidence

Alice's Evidence Source: Brain Pickings

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Like ballerinas, Salvador Dali was simultaneously an artist and a work of art. When not piecing together some of the most out-there, psychedelic portraits known to man, Dali did the same with his public persona. His classic, occasionally nonsensical one liners like “I don’t do drugs; I am drugs” have gone down in history, along with photos of him walking an anteater and, naturally, shaping his inimitable mustache into a dollar bill.

As with other surrealists, Salvador Dali embraced the irrational and bizarre as his truths, digging deep into our unconscious selves only to splash his findings onto the canvas. Such a movement was not unforeseen: in the eyes of surrealists, it was cold, rational calculation that led to conflict, war and alienation seen in the 20th century. If we were to survive as a people, we needed to reject this artificial and harmful way of thinking about the world; we had to look inward as opposed to outward. In other words, you guessed it, we needed to ditch realism for surrealism. And as the following photos show, Dali did that in all facets of his life:

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Dali Kahlo

With Frida Kahlo

Salvador Dali Warhol

With Andy Warhol

Salvador Dali Alice Cooper

With Alice Cooper

Salvador Dali Sabina Nore

With Sabina Nore

Salvador Dali Francoise Hardy

With Francoise Hardy

Salvador Dali St. Laurent

With Yves St. Laurent

In a technical sense, Dali and his contemporaries were unsuccessful in altering the world’s consciousness, but their work–as complex as it is absurd–is an invaluable artistic challenge to the chilly realism that largely defined the 20th century. For more on surrealism, check out our post on the most iconic surrealist paintings.

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Tanaka Tatsuya Transforms The Mundane Into The Magical

Tanaka Tatsuya approaches each day with a challenge in mind: to see mundane items in a new way. Maybe that broccoli is actually a mystical forest, or that discarded water bottle a submarine. This ever-evolving view of everyday objects has become a daily labor of love for over three years.

Since then, Tanaka Tatsuya has created miniature dioramas out of food, trinkets, and other everyday items and posted them to his ‘Miniature Calendar’ online project. When asked about the inspiration for such a project, Tatsuya responded; “Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once.”

Tanaka Tatsuya has maintained the level of imagination and love of play that most of us lose as we venture into adulthood. His miniature dioramas let us steal a glimpse at what we have left behind:

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Tanaka Tatsuya Aquarium

A day at the aquarium seems much more peaceful for these little people. No crowds to be fought here!

Tanaka Tatsuya Attack On Titan

The Japanese anime hit plays out here on a whole new level. Do the Titans become more or less menacing as adorable gigantic babies?

Beer Surfer

Catching a wave would have completely different connotations if this was how we really surfed.

Coke Surfer

Here is the less adult version of the surfing diorama shown above. Here, you are more likely to suffer from caffeine withdrawals than a hangover.

Tanaka Tatsuya Gravestone

The Grim Reaper waits to take you to your miniature final resting place.

Tanaka Tatsuya Machu Picchu

These Incas at Machu Picchu could always stop for a quick bite to eat if they get too tired working on their impressive monument.

Tanaka Tatsuya Mountain Fold

Precariously teetering at the top of a folded mountain … one false move and the paper cut received from the slide down will be excruciating.

Tanaka Tatsuya Seven

Not sure if this one is named for the shape of the straw or for the day of the week it fell on, but ‘Seven’ brings together a couple of lovers under the cover of night.

Tanaka Tatsuya Suspension Bridge

Even in this tiny world, people will fish off of any bridge they can find. Hope none of the traffic gets too close; that looks like a significant drop.

Tanaka Tatsuya Tape Cutter

Engineering is an important part of any sized society. When you’re this small, tape can make for the perfect window material.

Tanaka Tatsuya UFO

These three will have stories to tell if they ever make it back from this alien abduction. Someone call Mulder and Scully … this seems like an X-File.

Tanaka Tatsuya Apollo

A fun depiction of the Apollo moon landing. “One small step for man…”

Tanaka Tatsuya Bottomless Swamp

There are probably few things that would be harder to escape than a bottomless swamp of peanut butter! That SUV never stood a chance.

Tanaka Tatsuya Dangerous Toilet

When you have to go, you have to go, even if you find yourself in the hot seat.

Tanaka Tatsuya Apartment

Virtual housing now available! It usually costs more to be so trendy.

Tanaka Tatsuya Lighthouse

Shady dealings happen at night, under the candle’s glowing light!

Tanaka Tatsuya Piano

Electric keyboard, or something more sinister? Mom’s about to start the lesson, but Jr. seems unsure.

Tanaka Tatsuya Pistachio

Pistachio egg pods on the surface of the moon? Maybe there is more truth to the movie “Alien” than we had originally thought.

Tanaka Tatsuya Submarine

Is this reminiscent of Sean Connery and crew on top of the Red October? Or maybe it’s Kelsey Grammar in Down Periscope? We’ll let you be the judge.

Tanaka Tatsuya Sumo

In thousands of years the regal sport of Sumo wrestling has not had a uniform change. Maybe the time has come.

Tanaka Tatsuya Sunflower

Eliza Doolittle doesn’t need to worry about the rain in Spain on this lovely sunflower-filled day.

Tanaka Tatsuya Swan Lake

The elegance of "Swan Lake" without anyone worrying about getting wet; not even the swans who are probably hoping for some real water.

Tanaka Tatsuya Tornado

This tornado looks as if it has appeared in a region that would be much more known for hurricanes. We’re really not in Kansas anymore!

Tanaka Tatsuya Waterfall

Danger abounds with unexpected clinginess in this super absorbent waterfall.

Tanaka Tatsuya Weightlifting

Keep on working, little guy, it’s going to take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears if you are ever going to look like your buff buddy over there.

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