Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man
Salvador Dalí
Geopoliticus Child
Salvador Dalí (Spanish Catalan, Surrealism, 1904-1989): Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man, 1943. Oil on canvas, 18 x 20-1/2 inches. Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

'Having broken with Surrealism, Dali reacted against the abstraction of modern art, turning to the Renaissance for inspiration. Looking to the past coincided with his renewed interest in Catholicism, and his imagery shifted from the personal to the more universal symbols of science and religion. While working on this painting, Dali jotted down the following list of words which help summarize the period of change: "Parachute, paranaissance, protection, cupola, placenta, Catholicism, egg, earthly distortion, biological ellipse." ... An androgynous older figure stands in the foreground and points to the emerging man, acknowledging the birth of this global transformation. The cowering child with its long shadow - the "Geopoliticus Child" of the title - represents this new age.' (© Copyright 2012 - Salvador Dali Museum, Inc.)

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