Tristan and Isolde
, 1944 depicts the Spanish Salvador Dali's vision of the 12th century legend of the adulterous love affair between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess
Iseult (or Isolde). Tristan was a knight of the Round Table, who fell in love with Isolde, the future wife of his uncle, after they had both mistakenly taken a love potion. The tale is a
tragic one with Tristan dying of despair and Isolde subsequently committing suicide.
Dali painted it while collaborating with choreographer Leonide Massine for the ballet "Mad Tristan," inspired by Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde." He also designed the sets and costumes.