Characteristics of Dali’s workHe uses: His work is: butterflies colourful watches lively elephants different eggs unrealisticThe human being abstractnudity creativeskulls cheerful…horses…
Group no.1 – Interpretation of painting no. 8 In this painting the dominant visual element is an open book. The background isa lovely blue that depicts the sky.Roots come out of the ground and keep the book grounded to earth.In the middle of the book there’s a butterfly holding a cocoon from which a newbutterfly emerges. The book might represent life and birth with the butterflybeing depicted in bright and lively colours.In the middle of the pages we can see other wings, which might be from pastbutterflies that aided the birth and development of the butterfly that’s now inthe foreground.Because of what has been said we think that this painting might represent notonly life but also knowledge.
Group no.2 – Interpretation of painting no.3In the centre of this painting there is a vessel sailing the sea. The ships’ sails aremade of butterflies.There are naked men depicted standing on some rocks, holding butterfly nets.The predominant colours are blue and green, the colours of the sky and of thesea.The shape of the clouds reminds us of waves.The colourful butterflies might represent freedom, and in this painting they mightalso represent the sails. A ship without sails can’t leave port, just as we can’t livewithout freedom and the men depicted in this painting seem to want to capturefreedom.In our opinion, the theme of this painting is freedom and the fight to reach it.
Group no.3 – Interpretation of painting no. 6In this painting the elephants are the main elements. In the foreground we havetwo elephants with a tuba as their head instead of the usual trunk.Behind the elephants we can see a volcano. In the background we see the skywith very clear clouds shaped in a way that remind us of a music sheet.By the elephants we see white swans.The image has lively colours with a predominance of blues and browns.The savannah is an orchestra, where the animals represent the music and theplants are the instruments because they help playing the songs. Another musicreference is that if we look at the deer, we can see that the antlers were depictedas a harp.The theme of this painting is the joy that music bring us.
Group no.4 – Interpretation of painting no. 9The main theme in this image is a human face, a deformed one, with a big nose,no hair, and an ear made out of cloth. It looks like a balloon being held on bystilts.In the horizon we can see a village, a boat and a dog. In this painting the sky isdark blue.The face depicted has a mournful expression, and it seems as if it is unconscious ..
Group no. 5 – Interpretation of painting no.1This painting depicts naked human figures and animals. It shows three elephantsand two horses with exaggerated long legs moving. They carry monuments ontheir backs.These long figures suggest movement, commotion.In the corner of the image we see a man with a cross being used to scare theanimals.The horse in the foreground has such a marking expression that it is almost as ifwe can hear its neigh.The theme in this painting is the sharing of the world, by both animals andhumans who cross the clouds living together and sharing the world.
Group no.6 – Interpretation of painting no. 7Dali’s painting shows a skull and the figurine of a ballerina that is a part of theskull itself.The predominant colour is black. Both the colour and the image make us drawthe conclusion that it is meant to depict death.We find it a weird and shocking painting.A peculiarity we found interesting is how well the ballerina is meshed with theskull, what makes it look like as if the skull’s teeth are a part of the ballerina’sskirt.The ballerina’s position might represent joy and life, since it gives us a sense ofmovement, dance.We think that the theme is about life not only the bad things but also the goodones. It’s not just sadness, but also joy.