The most prolific and versatile artist of the 20th century, Salvador Dali, a surrealist whose painting will never age, be ordinary or stop capturing the imagination of millions. His exceptionally long career, marked by his success in printmaking, sculpturing, filmmaking, painting, advertising and fashion. Dali was flamboyant, mischievous, and wonderfully virtuous.
Dali’s Key Inspirations
Dominant in this artwork the large distorted human face observing the landscape, an acquainted rocky coastline scene resonant of Dalí’s Catalonia home. An unclothed female figure embodying Dalí’s new-at-the-time muse is the naked figure of Gala that growths from the skull, figurative of the type of the illusory men mesmerize while engaged in an activity described by the title.
What suggest approaching fellatio is the females mouth near the crotch while he is literally “censored” at the knees he bleeds, a symbol of a subdued sexuality. On the other side motifs such as a grasshopper is part of the painting and the reason, it is consistent beacon with the sexual anxiety portrayed in Dalí’s work, eggs represent fertility while ants represent elusion to death and decay.
Great Masturbator created in 1929, could represent Dalí’s relentlessly opposed approaches concerning sexual intercourse also his permanent paranoia of female genitalia at the fractious section of falling in love with Gala.
As a young boy Dali was exposed to explicit photos by his father, it was a book demonstrating the effects of venereal disease, disseminating disturbing suggestions of sex with indisposition and decay. When Dali met Gala he was a virgin, it is said he encouraged his wife to have affairs, later in his live his artwork transformed into philosophical and religious themes.
Dali’s Last Painting – The Swallow Tail
Completed in May 1983, the Swallow’s Tail, a series inspired by the catastrophe of mathematics was the last paintings by Salvador Dali. Born on the 11th of May 1904 in Spain, Dali was inspired by Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollack, Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. With thousands of painting completed by Dali, some of his most famous are The Burning Giraffe completed in 1937. It portrays his personal struggle with the war in his country. Two female figures with opening draws down their legs is dominant while a burning giraffe is placed more towards the back. Dali described the giraffe image with flames as the manly celestial apocalyptic monster, which he believed was the forewarning of war.
Other painting by the Spanish artists includes Tuna Fishing, Galatea of the Spheres, Metamorphosis of Narcissus as well as Christ of Saint John of the Cross completed in 1951 as well as The Persistence of Memory depicting melting watched draped on rocks with a calm ocean in the background. Dali described the melting of the watches as a symbol of mortality, while the ants around the watches present decay. The concept Dali used for this painting is that of the human mind as it shifts during sleep from softness to the hardness of reality.