Swans reflected in elephants - Salvador Dali. 51x77
Any reflection is the antipode. Mirror surface - access to another world, the world is the opposite. Turning over the work, we find absolutely identical images.
There is a certain amount of crude clumsy in any elegance. Opposites flowing into each other, is nothing but the life perceived by people.
The great idea of balance in nature is refracted in fantasies and hallucinations. When the subconscious mind works, it is difficult to decipher the images and details by which the body transfers information from the unknown world of intuition. A fantastic creature, unsteadily standing on the shore, as if admiring itself, having found similarities with swans and elephants at the same time. The whole composition is like a mysterious phantom that arises behind the back of any person. Here it is: rampant subconscious images that materialized in an unknown way in the real world. A man is busy with thoughts, he does not see everything that is behind him.
The creatures of the artist’s fantasies are intricate, they captivate the viewer who recognizes in them their most inexplicable fears, dreams, dreams, complexes. The public is not waiting for clarification. She is fascinated by the atmosphere of the anxious expectation of new transformations, new fantasies. Clouds floating in the sky, after a moment, are also deformed, giving rise to the most fantastic forms.
The tension in the picture gives rise to the appearance of dry trees on an island, a fire crawling to the water's edge, a transparent moon manifesting itself in the sky. Everything is unsteady, unstable, illusory.
What happens if a person turns around? Everything will disappear, melt, disappear ... This outcome seems to be the best. At the same time, the question arises: what if it does not disappear? Fear of breaking the line between fantasy and reality, between hallucination and optical illusion. Fear of madness ...
Swans and elephants are opposites that cannot exist without each other, complementing each other. Like good and evil, like beauty and ugliness, they only make sense in a pair. They are not alone, because they cannot be evaluated, compared, perceived.
The man in the picture is calm. His fantasies doze, not interfering with living in reality.
The landscape in the background is not lifeless, as is often the case with the author. Visible buildings, fortresses, fortifications. A boat floats in the distance in the water. These real anchors hold hallucinations, do not give them the opportunity to take possession of the whole consciousness. They leave hope that very soon everything will be unraveled, placed in frames, enclosed in a reasonable shell.
The blue sky will be cleared of clouds, frightening images will disintegrate into hundreds of clear and understandable details. All this for a short time, until next time. The unknown periodically checks consciousness for strength, for connection with reality. The real and the unreal are constantly in conflict, in the struggle. The outcome of this struggle cannot be predicted. This is the main idea of the work.
The author masterfully conveys the texture of the water surface. In the picture, the sky blue color is opposed to the gray-brown scale. The compositionally central plot group is enclosed in a framework that concentrates the viewer's attention, forcing him to study the plot delights of the master more and more carefully.