Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Swans Reflecting Elephants

Salvador Dali's "Swans Reflecting Elephants" was created in 1937 and is oil on canvas. This painting is one of Dali's famous double images. The viewer can see the bodies, necks and heads of the swans are reflected in the lake to make the heads and trunks of the elephants. Also the island behind the swans and the trees reflect the bodies and legs of the elephants. Also in the left hand corner, Dali is present with his back facing the swans/elephants. One popular story about this painting is that the swans are associated with beauty while the elephants are associated with wisdom. Meaning that beauty imparts wisdom, and since we know this is a false statement, this is why Dali's back is turned to the scene.

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