Monday, April 4, 2011

Three Sphinxes Of Bikini

The Three Sphinxes of Bikini was painted by Salvador Dali on oil on canvas in 1947. The painting is 30x50cm. Dali was a surrealist painter who often used illusions in his artwork. At first glance, one sees a human head and trees. However, these forms are actually meant to represent the mushroom clouds that appeared after the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. It is possible that Dali used the human head to symbolize humanity and the tree to symbolize nature. Thus, the painting shows how the nuclear attack had an effect on both humanity and the environment.

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