The theme that we find in front of us in the painting is that of decomposition. We see many items that are being broken down together into an unattractive mush. Artist Dali is directly commenting on the lacking moral fibre of some members of society through this symbolism. One must look closely at this painting in order to dissect its components and to then discover this meaning. We initially come across his standard use of landscape which was inspired by his childhood landscape in Northern Spain, where the territory was dry and warmly coloured.
The items within that then help to produce his dreamlike would which dominated the middle and latter parts of his career. We essentially have an image of rotting elements, with the artist speaking directly to us about the real decay of morality. Whilst far from a perfect individual himself, Dali would still desire a better society throughout his life, even though his views would sometimes clash with others, such as during his arguments with other members of the Surrealist movement. Politically, he was not always consistent, but ultimately had his heart in the right place. This was around the period that he met Gala and that would also help to direct him morally.
Indeed, she would later appear in Memory of the Child-Woman from 1931/1932. This artwork was bequethed to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, most likely from the artist's foundation. It is precisely 81cm wide and 140cm tall. It was produced using predominantly oils, though there is reported to have been some element of collage work in there too. We see several animals floating in the sky which tended to be the artist describing someone's dreams. There are also several partially formed figures within the main organic mish-mash. Several heads are placed together and resemble the artist's work in The Face of War, and the overall tone in this painting is undeniably dark and negative.