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Dali was an eerie symbolist. There is also a lot of interesting things, considering that Dali just did not write his paintings. Let's take a closer look at the plot or even just remember that old story about these two lovers, and probably then we will understand why in 1944 this canvas appeared in the treasury of masterpieces of the unrivaled Dali.
There was a war. Painful, difficult and debilitating for any person, let alone an artist. And then suddenly Dali remembered this legend about Tristan and Isolde and decided to retell in his own way. And here it is, what happened ... In a gray desert, two creatures are drawn to each other, but only one of them carries death in itself, the other - life. The female image is hidden under a dandelion and the woman's hands squeeze her chest, and on the back there are roots, that is, mother Earth. And her gray creature, more reminiscent of death in a cloak, is destined to kiss her - the destruction, death of all that is dear to man. After all, if they only connect and the dandelion’s life ends, the roots dry out, the heart stops. That is why this image does not reach for the gray mass.
On the contrary, it seems that she is not waiting for a kiss and is ready to dodge him. But it doesn’t work out, bony hands are already reaching out, already attracting inevitability.
Dali deftly used the plot and of course disguised everything as symbolism. Look how beautiful it is: war (he) and peace (she). The vile kiss of Judah and the loss of peace is close as never before. But a crutch, a cart, and these slits of light on a gray background are all parts of the definition of a symbol. But what? What cuts the light is that victory in the war is near. But the cart with a crutch ...
How much reason to think this picture gives. How many definitions, concepts can you come up with ... and there is no certainty that they will be true. Dali is contradictory, but it can be understood. And sometimes it’s necessary.
Carrying the cross