Salvador Dali 'geopoliticus Child Watching The Birth Of The New Man' Conceptual Framework

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Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New ManSalvador Dali (1904-1989)1943. Oil on linen canvas, 46.1x 52 cm. Salvador Dali museum, St Petersburg.SurrealismARTISTSalvador Felipe Jacinto Dali was born in 1904 in Spain. He was treated like royalty by his poor parents as they thought of him as the incarnation of his brother who had died 9 months before Salvador's birth. This constantly reminded him of death later resulting in his obsession with death as seen in many of his artworks including one of his most praised 'The Persistence of Memory'.Dali was highly talented and produced very sophisticated drawings from an early age. He studied painting in Madrid and the Metaphysical School of ...view middle of the document...

It records his shifting perception of WW2 at the time in Europe. Although the war's impact on Dali has been expressed in some works before 'Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man', this painting shows a new, more philosophical classicism.His left hand is crushing Europe (England) as he struggles to break through the egg, signifying the end of the old world and birth of the new world. Another symbolism of new worlds and old worlds are the woman (said to be androgynous) and child in the bottom right corner. They are classical figures compared to the 'new man'.The man's pose is very graphic; his body is curled in a position of a fetus, but his arms and legs are fighting to come out.On the egg South America and Africa are enlarged to represent the growing importance and recognition of the third world. South America droops while Africa cries a tear symbolizing the pain and sadness of the countries.The child plays a very important role in this painting as shown by the longer shadow cast by the child than the mother. As the mother disdainfully points at the man, the child cowers at the mother's feet, afraid but curious. The child is like those of us who are aware and becoming aware of the significance of events such as the problems in developing countries. The child represents the new world also, being the future generation it is influenced by this birth.The central event of the birth is protected by...

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