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A Fresh View MarlandoMany years ago in the late 1960s as a matter of fact sat in a Pasadena cafe by the name of Gwinn West chatting about a visit to the museum earlier in the day. Our group was all in the mid to late twenties range with coffee house intellects that knew all there was (important) to know. My friend Mike asked me who my favorite famous painter was was the operative word I quickly answered Salvador Dali. My friend put his finger to his lips and said, must never say that too loud people, people will think you have no taste. The last time I wrote art reviews for periodicals was back in the 1990s. Today, however, I am more aware of what I do NOT know about art than what I know and so, with this in mind, I am intending to tackle Dali here challenge to say the lease. Very few have attempted to delve very far into Dali beyond simply agreeing that he was a genius and I agree with that evaluation. Dali himself, however, liked to present himself as the genius but was a long distance from He was an artistic intellectual and as the old saying goes, as a fox. This would no doubt be a result of being raised as center of attention by his parents. From their prospective he could basically do no wrong. He wet the bed until he was eight the fun of it. This unexpected and tragic death occurred only three years before Salvador was born. One gets the feelings that his parents prayed for another child and when he arrived he was immediately put on a pedestal. As I see it, there was something positive that came out of all this, however. All that love and loving attention the boy was given permitted him to love himself as well. To be highly creative takes a lot of self love as it is so to create. Just examine Dali paintings and try to imagine the daring it took to give those statements of surrealism to a world of critics. Salvador Dali not only presented his paintings to the world but did so with a constant Moncler Womens Jackets Sale Japura Zip Hooded Dark Purple flow of energy and flamboyance knew how to draw attention to himself and did all of his life. Dali was born in Spain in 1904, only two years after the end of the Spanish/American War. Even as a small child he liked to draw and the more he drew the more praise he received from his parents and others. The more praise the more talent was revealed. The better he believed that he could paint, the better his painting became. Then as a young man he attended the Academy of Arts in Madrid. Unfortunately he was expelled before the final exams. He had too many times announced that no one in the school was qualified to examine him. The institution was not amused. After that he traveled to Paris where he met Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro both heavy influences on his earlier art. That Dali had a special talent of his own, however, was also apparent. Unlike most of his more abstract shapes and forms, he did this painting of a simple basket of bread. He actually did this amazing piece of realism well after he was quite famous for his surrealism. Just look at the detail and exquisite design of both the bread and basket to gain insight into Dali extreme gift as an artist. With this rather short background we continue forward into the master most complex work. Dali Influences Dadaism It is difficult for painters to find a style for themselves perhaps, most never truly do. (I have mentioned this before artists have painted flowers but there has been only one Georgia O In any case, Dali painted in a number of in search for his own cubism, classical was impressive in all. Well, he was so brilliant in light, color and form. For one thing the art movement was in response to the senseless and terrible destruction torture and murder of World War I and was responding to the meaningless and purposelessness of life. Incidentally, I have often referred to Moncler Combinaison Cyan Bebe Zip Belt Kids Blue Jackets the Dadaists as with a Grin as their philosophy actually precedes Sartre launching of modern existentialism in 1938 with his book The Dada artists were devoted to capturing the absurd in their art making their statement clear that all established values and morality had been deemed meaningless and that the only valuable reality was in one own imagination. And the Dadaists were highly imaginative. Here one of my favorite paintings by a major Dada painter, Max Ernst: I believe that as the young man and artist Salvador Dali would have been attracted to the Dadaists not only for the obviousness of their talent but of their intellectualism as well. After all, Dali himself had never been one to conform to the centers of society on the fringes he was a rebel with sympathies for the anarchist; an eccentric by nature but Moncler Coats Uk by self design. It is not a very far distance between Dadaism and Surrealism. Here we see Dali Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) painted around 1936. In this masterful work, the absurdum in Dadaism is obviously reflected and yet, there is the stark boldness of Dali that so forcefully attempts to bring the subconscious mind to the surface of the canvas. What we see in the above painting (Self Construction) is a large human body, representing warring mankind tearing at itself; it is the hideousness of war painted a good six months before the Spanish Civil War had even begun so perhaps this painting was the artist unconscious fears and visions of the troubles brewing in his world? What I find most interesting about this painting is that the monster type forefront has a background of a most beautiful sky. Maybe it is the contrast that Dali wants us to see, maybe the true absurdity of man inhumanity to himself? This same absurdness was certainly a major condition that had inspired the Dadaists! Dali and a Brief Explanation of Surrealism Surrealism in art is, as indicated in the above, an attempt to bring images of the unconscious mind to the canvas. Thus, I believe that Dali and the surrealists were ever as influenced by Sigmund Freud as anything or anyone else. By the time Salvador Dali was growing up, Freud descriptions of the mysterious mind were creeping into the memes of society idea that there was more to us human beings than our surface and immediate thoughts was virtually brand new in Dali world itself was an unheard of science for the average person. Dali, like Freud, had revealed signs of intellectual genius even as a child so when Dali began learning about Freud theories cannot know exactly when this was immediately became intellectually inspired. For one thing, the concept that we are all driven by unconscious realities is a motivation to seek meaning and purpose from the depths of ourselves; this would certainly be of interest to Dali self attentive personality. As a result of reading Freud, Dali art would mostly be dominated by images of sex and death very root images for Freudian psychoanalysis. In fact, Dali painted Specter of Sex Appeal which is also known as Specter of Libido (The Freudian term) in 1934. There is both male and female sexuality symbolized in this painting with Dali himself represented as the small boy overwhelmed by the aspects of human sexuality itself. The phallic symbolism is most prevalent in the main subject of the painting but note the hoop in the boy hand, clearly a feminine symbol and one that Dali uses in other works. This is one of Dali most complex paintings and far more Dali than Freud. Incidentally, Dali met Freud at his home in England once. Dali did all he could to impress Freud, who was an intellectual hero, and asked Freud to read an article he had written on Paranoia. Freud had no interest in what the artist thought about paranoia and later said privately to Stefan, have never seen a more complete example of a Spaniard. Well, this was the drive of surrealistic art and Dali was, after all, the master of all the Surrealists. Dali His Art When most people think of Salvador Dali they think of his most famous painting, Persistence of Memory (soft watches). This painting is, I believe, his most intriguing in that it absolutely captures the goal of surrealism by symbolizing on canvas an unconscious reality. In this case, life and death! While I am sure that Dali was thinking that this painting is Freudian by design and meaning, it was (unwittingly) reaching more of the Jungian collective unconscious as we all are equally taken in by the universal symbolism of the painting itself. Time in this painting is melting away as it does for all of us the only watch that isn melting has not been opened yet. Note the orange pocket watch at the lower left hand of the painting. The unopened box is covered with ants. Ants symbolized death for Dali! To make the point even more crisp: Dali gives us the strange creature in the center of the painting. It is fading away as the dark shadow slowly covers the entire painting. Note that the orange clock is already in shadow but simply hasn opened to the world yet. Some believe that the shadow in the painting makes reference to Mount Pain but if it does or not, the shadow itself represents the final darkness, the slipping away of life and light.

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