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Le Signal de l'angoisse [The Signal of Anguish] 1936

Not on display

This painting probably has its origins in a fantasy of Dalí's, concerning a hidden voyeur who watches his object of desire through the window of a rundown building. The painting was probably begun around 1932. Minor alterations were made in 1936, namely the addition of a leafy branch which crosses the woman's shoulder, and slight changes to the cypress tree in the background. The branch may refer to the myth of Daphne, who was transformed into a bush. This would also explain the green tinge to her breasts.


  • Acc. No. GMA 3956
  • Medium Oil on wood
  • Size 21.80 x 16.20 cm (framed: 37.00 x 31.50 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995