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Elephants - Salvador Dali. 61x90
Civilization has not brought into human life more reason. Development slows down for several decades, destroying what seemed unshakable and unshakable.
Huge elephants, the largest and most powerful land animals, standing on thin stilted legs - a symbol of political colossi on the unsteady legs of history. Mercilessly time. It rejects everything in the past, is afraid of everything in the future. The destiny of politics is real, instant, barely noticeable.
The picture was created after the terrible war, in which people of hundreds of countries were involved. The symbol of the passing nightmare was the red glow, inferior to the rising sun. At this dawn hour, a tired past says goodbye to a cheerful present. The future is hidden ...
A languid, sad elephant wanders into oblivion. A vigorous, trumpeting elephant strides towards him, he proudly enters into his rights in order to quickly turn into a sad and departing ...
Two human figures are barely noticeable - female and male. Against the backdrop of pompous scenery with elephants, they look completely insignificant, but they are the main ones in the picture. The natural driving force of civilization is not in powerful structures that have fragile foundations, but the eternal desire for procreation, clothed in the form of love and affection. Nature does not allow civilization to die, its strength is not as noticeable as the state machine, with obelisks, ritual tinsel, and bright ornaments.
The picture is devoid of detail, in front of the viewer is a desert. There is nothing in the world except the great nature and state, the creation of culture. Not the best of her creations.
Dali's passion for elephants has always been a subject of particular interest to researchers. Masters fascinated these animals. His plans were to go on an elephant through the Pyrenees, in order to repeat the campaign of Hannibal. The campaign did not take place, but the images haunted the artist and passed from picture to picture.