This is Shirley Temple, The Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time by Salvador Dalí, created in 1939.
It has all of Dalí’s landmark surrealist touches, along with offering a critique of America’s obsession with Shirley Temple at the time as well as commenting on the metamorphising effect of fame upon a young girl.
The trompe-l’œil label at the bottom reads: “Shirley! at last in Technicolor.”
I love surreal art’s ability to highlight the unreality of our lives.
This is an illustration by Irish artist Harry Clarke (1889- 1931) to accompany the Edgar Allen Poe short story ‘Morella’.
I read a reprint of Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination with the Clarke illustrations as a child. I never forgot the images.