Salvador Dali Elephants Painting Review and Analysis
Salvador Dali was a Spanish oil painter. Born in May 11, 1904 he lived for 84 years before he met his death in 1989. Dali paintings were majorly those with the surrealism style of painting in them, and had a natural but illusion features on them. Of the many animals on planet earth, Salvador chose to majorly dwell on elephants in many of his creations. This lead to the birth of what is today called ‘The Salvador Dali Elephants’. Dali utilized his mind of creativity in painting portraits of many items from the elephants’ features. Vice versa, he also created the elephants from naturally looking landscapes and events.
In strengthening the symbolism of his elephants, Dali could draw elephants that had the thinnest and longest of legs, but give them very huge bodies. Such an example is in his Les Elephants painting that was done to emphasize the strength and weight possessed by elephants. This creation was inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculptures in Rome that features an elephant carrying an ancient Obelisk. Les Elephant painting features two elephants that have long but thin legs and huge bodies. In most of his painting, Dali used his hometown as his background; maybe so in reminding you that no matter what happen you should never forget where you come from.
Les Elephants de Salvador painting is little know to many, but another piece featuring elephant is The Swans Reflecting Elephants, that has hidden elephants in it. This one features swans on a lake, which with the lake’s reflection of them and the trees on the shores of lake form elephant figures. The swans’ necks and wings provide what is supposed to be the elephants’ trunk and ears. The trees complete the painting by proving the elephants’ body. This piece was done in 1937, a time when he did most of the paranoiac-critical paintings that is now stored under private collection. The replicas of this piece are however available in many museums and art galleries.
Another creation that has elephant in it is Salvador’s Temptations of St. Antony. In an effort to keeping his sense of elephant obsession going, he uses even more weight on the elephant’s backs, with room for a horse on the front of part of the drawing. He also opts to keeping his Obelisk on the back of the elephant, who is now lying down on the back of one of the elephants. On the right corner of the painting is a small man, holding a cross against the elephants probably for protection.
Salvador Dali Elephants also appear on Dreams Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate painting. This piece was actually the first that Dali used elephants on, and was painted when him and his wife Gala were living in America. The painting portrays a nude woman (Gala) sleeping, with the events in her dreams being revealed to the viewer by the drawing above her. The elephant with the same thin and long legs with a huge body is featured in this painting, with three tigers.
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