Man on dolphin – Poseidón (aka “Man riding a dolphin”)
Poseidon, god of the Sea, has allowed man to ride the oceans on a friendly dolphin. The dolphin is the water horse, and water is the source of life according to Thales of Miletus and the ancient Babylonians.
In this delicate piece, Dali expresses solace in the open air; it is an allegory of salvation and the wandering spirit, searching and persistent, which the dolphin represents. It carries man beyond the waves, beyond the reach of the dangerous cliffs, all with the intelligence and perseverance characteristic to this animal.
The cosmic-erotic significance of the dolphin was very imp0rtant in the Greek sea cults.
A winged figure, although not flying, Dali wanted to make the man a joyful creature.