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Salvador Dali, Stephen King and 4 other celebrities who invented their masterpieces in a dream

Darya SkubEntertainment
Salvador Dali and his painting "The Persistence of Memory".

Dreams are often a source of endless creativity for creative people. They turn into plots for movies, paintings, books, or songs that impress with their uniqueness and depth. One such example is the psychological thriller Inception (2010), written and directed by Christopher Nolan. He based it on his dream, where people are able to penetrate and manipulate the dreams of others. An interesting fact is that Nolan himself occasionally had lucid dreams, in which he modeled the development of actions, the climax and the mysterious ending.

What other artists have created their masterpieces in the subconscious. Find out in the article by OBOZ.UA.

Stephen King - Dreamcatcher (2001)

In 1999, the American writer Stephen King, known as the "King of Horror," got into a car accident, injuring his lungs and leg. While he was being treated, he had vivid dreams. In one of them, four guys were eating at a table in a forest hut. Then they went outside, met a stranger who was not feeling well, and saved him. This later changed their lives dramatically (we won't spoil how)... King could not get this story out of his head. So he used it in his fantasy novel Dreamcatcher (2001). In 2003, director Lawrence Kasdan made a movie of the same name based on this book.

Salvador Dali, Stephen King and 4 other celebrities who invented their masterpieces in a dream

James Cameron - Avatar (2009)

In his youth, James Cameron kept a dream diary where he wrote down the most mysterious scenes. One of them was a glowing bioluminescent forest inhabited by strange creatures that have a strong connection with the trees... Many years later, Cameron, having become a famous director, added these picturesque images to his movie Avatar (2009). You probably remember from there the planet Pandora, which resembles an archetypal paradise and is inhabited by an intelligent humanoid race of Navi, who are in complete symbiosis with nature.

Salvador Dali, Stephen King and 4 other celebrities who invented their masterpieces in a dream

Salvador Dalí - La persistencia de la memoria (1931)

Surrealist artist Salvador Dali described many of his works with the following words: "handwritten photographs of dreams". Are there any who would argue with this? One has only to look at his stunning painting La persistencia de la memoria (1931), where three clock faces melt, become soft and flow around the objects they are thrown over. The artist saw something similar in a dream. He reproduced it on canvas to make people think about the subjective nature of time and reality.

Salvador Dali believed that the subconscious mind, which can be accessed through dreams, is capable of "showing" alternative realities. He also had his own system that helped him capture and use images from dreams in his work. He would sit in a chair, put a plate on the ground, and pick up a key. When he fell asleep, he would enter a liminal state (transitional between falling asleep and waking up). The key would fall into the plate. The artist would wake up and quickly write down what he saw in his dream.

Salvador Dali, Stephen King and 4 other celebrities who invented their masterpieces in a dream

Paul McCartney - Yesterday (1964)

The British singer and composer Paul McCartney, one of the founders and members of the rock band The Beatles, wrote the music for the song Yesterday in a dream in 1964. According to the artist, he woke up with the melody in his head, immediately sat down at the piano and played it. The chords ran through his mind one by one... Paul recorded everything on a tape recorder to show his creation to friends and acquaintances. Later, when he was convinced that the composition was really his (and not an accidental theft of someone else's work), he came up with the lyrics.

William Blake - The Ancient of Days (1794)

The work of the English poet, artist, and engraver William Blake was also closely intertwined with dreams. In 1794, he painted an amazing painting "The Ancient of Days" where Urizen (the god of reason - a character from Blake's mythology (from the word reason)) sits in the sun and holds a compass in his hand over a dark void. That's how the artist's subconscious "drew" the process of creation in his dream... A powerful visual metaphor!

Salvador Dali, Stephen King and 4 other celebrities who invented their masterpieces in a dream

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