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DRAGON – SWAN – ELEPHANT 2017-07-17T09:27:17+00:00

Project Description

DRAGON – SWAN – ELEPHANT     –     Sculpture by Salvador Dali

Dragon – Swan – Elephant

Three subjects are set in space in a single form… an elephant which becomes a swan and then a dragon…

 

The double image that made Salvador Dali famous during his surrealist period via the “paranoc-critical” method, is here surpassed by a triple image.  Dali has succeeded in modelling three animals in one single composition.

The swan directly evokes the myth of Leda and the Swan, parents to the hermaphrodites Castor and Pollux and Helen and Clymestra, with whom Dali liked to compare himself and Gala.  The elephant is recognised as a symbol for the victorious struggle of chastity against lustfulness; and the dragon represents the evil that must be defeated in order to obtain any kind of  good, whether it be physical , psychic or spiritual.

Technical Description

Original title:  Dragón – Cisne – Elefante

Created by Salvador Dali ca. 1973/79

Original media:  modelled wax

Original size:  11.5 cm (4.5 in)

Port Lligat Collection of Salvador Dali Sculptures

Obra Contemporanea Editor

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Photo 1.  – View of the “Swan”.

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Photo 2.  – View of the “Dragon”.

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Photo 3.  – View of the “Elephant”.