The picture we are considering is a rethinking of ancient Greek mythology. In the traditional culture of grace, they are also mollusks, personify joy, charm and beauty. But Salvador Dali refuses the generally accepted reading and makes a reference to another myth that tells of the three goddesses of fate, Moira, in whose hands is the fate of each person.
The figure on the right holds a long instrument in which the lace of human life will be woven. The goddess in the center measures the fateful thread. Her image symbolizes the life of a person from birth. The figure on the left is responsible for death and decides when the threads need to be torn.
The liquid of graces is due to the fact that their faces are inscribed in a landscape. The face of the goddess on the right is outlined thanks to a stone arch located in the distance. The features of a beautiful face in the center are formed by the figures of a horseman, a horse and a person running after them. In the third grace we do not observe facial features at all. A dark stone replaces her head. This is very symbolic. The first two figures personify a person’s life from the moment his soul was born until the last day. This life is beautiful, which can be judged by the calm and disposing facial expressions of these goddesses and their elegant poses.
In the guise of both of them, women’s silhouettes are hidden under weightless white clothes. Beautiful shoulder lines, convex and feminine breasts, lush hips - these images are humanized and understandable to each viewer. In contrast, the third figure is almost incorporeal. Her robe merges with the color of sand. And against this background, tense fingers clearly cling to the fabric of the dress and tenaciously holding the thread over his head. Death is depersonalized and ugly, but at the same time inevitable.
This picture is an attempt to comprehend the transience of human life.
Picture 9 Circles of Hell Dante