In 1933 he remembers a journey to Figueres in a horse-drawn cart and paints La Charrette Fantôme. The theme is limited to the vehicle partially masking the small town far away within a desert. Approaching the panel the spectator observes that the two characters in the cart are in fact the highest towers of the city in continuity with the rest of the topographical view.
Dali is satisfied with this attempt at expressing a psychoanalytic feeling. In 1934 he copies his mirage inside a more ambitious surrounding.
The desert has become a Catalan landscape at sunset. This moment is recognizable both by the strident colors and the extremely elongated shadows of the rocks and of the two isolated characters who bring a very discreet human presence. Dali adds a mystical dimension with a big cloud opened by a triangular wound.
This oil on canvas 54 x 65 cm titled Moment de Transition is estimated £ 6M for sale by Sotheby's in London on March 1, lot 45.
Dali's careful mix between dreamlike surrealism and hyper-real will be of interest to Sigmund Freud. In a contract signed in 1946 Dali will authorize Disney to copy the figuration of his subconscious.