Elephants, Salvador Dali, 1948 – overview of the painting
- Posted by Salvador Dali
- Museum: Private Meeting, USA
- Year: 1948
Overview of the painting :
Elephants – Salvador Dali. 1948. Oil on canvas. 61×90
Civilization has not brought more reason to life. As if protecting the rational from excessive arrogance, history plunges humanity into the bloodiest wars that throw people decades ago. Development slows down for several decades, what seems unshakable and unshakable is destroyed.
Huge elephants, the largest and strongest land animals standing on thin legs-walkers – a symbol of political slots on the frivolous legs of history. Merciless time. It rejects everything in the past, afraid of everything in the future. The destiny of politics is real, instant, barely noticeable.
The picture was created after a terrible war in which people from hundreds of countries were involved. The symbol of the outgoing nightmare was the red glow, yielding to the rising sun. At this dawn hour, the tired past says goodbye to the peppy present. The future is hidden…
A sluggish, sad elephant wanders into oblivion. A peppy, trumpeting elephant walks towards him, proudly he enters his rights in order to quickly turn into a sad and outgoing one…
Two human figures are hardly visible – female and male. Against the background of the pompous decoration with elephants, they look completely insignificant, but it is they who are the main ones in the picture. The natural driving force of civilization is not in powerful structures that have fragile foundations, but an eternal desire to continue the clan, clothed in the form of love and affection. Nature does not allow civilization to die, its strength is not as noticeable as a state machine, with obelisks, ritual tinsel, bright decorations.
The picture is devoid of details, in front of the desert viewer. There is nothing in the world except great nature and the state, the creation of culture. Not the best of her creatures.
Dali’s passion for elephants has always been a subject of particular interest for researchers. Masters fascinated these animals. His plans included a transition to the elephant through the Pyrenees, for the sake of repeating the campaign of Hannibal. The trip did not take place, but the images chased the artist and moved from picture to picture.