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Salvadoro Dali is a master of surreal stories. The shocking nature of his lifestyle, as well as his work, surprised and fascinated not only his contemporaries, but also a descendant. Ordinary everyday images refracted through the prism of Dali's unusual consciousness become world masterpieces.
The artist referred to his work as “man-made photographs”, the images of which were recreated using the then fashionable paranoid-critical method. Despite the unusual style of Dali's image, everyone who saw the painting could definitely say what was shown on it, and everyone saw this image in their own way. Since the world saw Salvadoro Dali, no one else could see.
At different periods of his life, the author perceived the reality surrounding him differently. Each of his work is always unique and carries its own unique meaning.
Dali's artistic path can be divided into several stages. A notable period in the author’s work is the time from 1949 to 1962. This period is commonly called “Nuclear mysticism”. At this stage, religious fiction themes can be traced in his works. It was at this time that he created vivid colorful images endowed with a mysterious incomprehensible meaning, subtle mysticism.
In 1962, Salvadoro Dali painted the picture “Arab”. The secrets of other civilizations attract Dali, and he is increasingly immersed in the religion of other cultures.
The painting “Arab” depicts a figure covered in loose clothes. The vessels throughout the figure are in a sitting position with their legs crossed. Only barely recognizable human outlines are visible in the picture. It is impossible to understand who exactly is depicted in the picture, however, most likely, this does not matter. Obviously, the image is collective and reflects the wisdom of Arab civilization.
The author works only with shades of gray, from this the figure becomes fuzzy and looks more like a gray haze or a ghost, a kind of incomprehensible spirit of the Arab world.
This picture did not become the artist’s most popular work, but the unusual mystery of the canvas makes him peer into this work for a long time, hoping to catch the subtle meaning of Salvadoro Dali’s work.
Vasiliev Wet Meadow