Multimodality involves the communication between verbal and visual components in various discourses. A painting represents a form of communication between the artist and the viewer in terms of colors, shades, objects, and the title. This paper aims to present how multimodality can be used to decode the verbal and visual dimensions a painting holds. For that purpose, this study uses Kress and van Leeuwen’s theoretical framework of visual grammar for the analysis of the multimodal semiotic resources of selected paintings of Salvador Dali. This study investigates the visual decoding of the selected paintings of Salvador Dali and analyzing their social and political meanings using Kress and van Leeuwen’s framework of visual grammar. The paper attempts to answer the following questions: 1. How far can multimodality decode the verbal and non-verbal meanings of surrealistic art? 2. How can Kress and van Leeuwen’s theoretical framework of visual grammar be applied to analyze Dali’s paintings? 3. To what extent is Kress and van Leeuwen’s theoretical framework of visual grammar apt to deliver political and social messages of Dali? The paper reached the following findings: the framework’s descriptive tools (representational, interactive, and compositional meanings) can be used to analyze the paintings’ title and their visual elements. Social and political messages were delivered by appropriate usage of color, gesture, vectors, modality, and the way social actors were represented.
 Ballard, J.G. (1974). Introduction to Dali. Lakin, D. (Ed.). New York: Ballantine.
 Barthes, R. (1977). Rhetoric of the image. In Image Music Text (S. Heath, Trans.). London: Fontana. (Original work published 1957).
 Breton, A. (1972). Manifestoes of surrealism (R. Seaver & H.R. Lane., Trans.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Original work published 1924).
 Cook, G. (2001). The discourse of advertising. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
 Coreno, K. (2014).Portrait of Picasso by Karen Coreno. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/zkf7h1frrzl4/portrait-of-picasso/
 Descharnes, R. (1989). Dali. (R.M. Eleanor, Trans.).Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Abradale Press.
 Dyer, G. (1986). Advertising as communication. London: Routledge.
 Gibson, I. (1997). The shameful life of Salvador Dalí. London: Faber & Faber
 Hall, S. (1997a). The work of representation. In S. Hall (Ed.), Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices (pp. 13-74). London: Sage.
 Halliday, M.A.K. (1978). Language as social semiotic: The social interpretation of language and meaning. London: Edward Arnold.
 Halliday, M.A.K. (1994). An introduction to functional grammar, 2nd ed. London: Arnold.
 Jewitt, C & Oyama, R. (2001). Visual meaning: A social semiotic account of hospital: An unhealthy business. In T. van Leeuwen and C. Jewitt. (Eds.), Handbook of Visual Analysis (pp.134-156). London: Sage.
 Kress, G. (2000). Multiliteracies: Literacy learning and design of social futures. London: Routledge
 Kress, G. (2003). Literacy in the new media age. London: Routledge.
 Kress, G & van Leeuwen, T. (1996). Reading images: The grammar of visual design. London: Routledge.
 Kress, G., & van Leeuwen, T. V. (2001). Multimodal discourse: The modes and media of contemporary communication. London: Arnold; New York: Oxford University Press.
 Kress, G & van Leeuwen, T. (2006). Reading images: The grammar of visual design. (2nd ed.). London and New York: Routledge.
 Machin, D. (2007). Introduction to multimodal analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 Machin, D. (2014). Visual communication. Berlin& Boston: Mouton de Gruyter.
 Portrait of Picasso by Salvador Dali (2014). Retrieved March 20th, 2014 from http://artpaintingartist.org/portrait-of-picasso-by-salvador-dali/
 Rabaté, J. M. (2002). Loving Freud madly: Surrealism between hysterical and paranoid modernism. Journal of Modern Literature, 25(3), 58-74.
 De Saussure, F. (1985). Course in general linguistics (Roy Harris, Trans.). London: Duckworth. (Original work published 1916).
 Stokes, J. (2013). How to do media and cultural studies. 2nd edition. London: Sage.
 van Leeuwen, T. (2001). Semiotics and iconography. In T.Van Leeuwen & Jewitt (eds.). Handbook of visual analysis. (p.92-104). London: Sage Publications.
 Vihma, S. (1995). Products as representation: A semiotic and aesthetic study of design products. Helsinki: University of Art and Design.
 Worth,S. (1981). Pictures can’t say aint. In Worth, S. & Gross, L. Studying visual communication. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/2846340/Studying_visual_communication?auto=download