“Fallen Angel” is a classic painting by Salvador Dali, painted in 1951.
For an artist, an angel is a symbol of some mystical union. In Dali's paintings, an angel usually accompanies Gala, his muse, which the artist considered a living embodiment of purity and nobility. And the union bestowed by heaven.
The fallen angel in the picture is alone. Naked man with shabby dark wings inspecting drawers moving out of his own body. He himself is also thoroughly battered, bones fall out of the body, to which the angel does not pay any attention.
In Dali, every little thing has a certain meaning. Sometimes the artist understands this meaning, but eludes the viewer. From the body of a fallen angel in the picture, several drawers open. The result is a kind of prototype of the casket. According to the artist, such boxes should symbolize memory. In addition, they symbolize thoughts that need to be hidden from strangers, a kind of "secret caches of thought", hidden desires. The same boxes can be seen, for example, on the image of Venus de Milo.
An angel has its secret desires, invisible to anyone else, and sees nothing but them. Even when he himself gradually turns into decay.
This angel is an illustration for one of the songs of “Hell” and is among the watercolors made by Dali on the order of the Spanish government for the 700th anniversary of Dante. Work on the order took the artist nine years of life. As a result, each thousand lines of the poem received its own graphic image.
The picture is not among the most famous. There are more famous creations, more shocking. There is a lot of philosophy, understanding of life. But according to the estimates of many experts and researchers, the entire series is the pinnacle of graphic art by the shocking Spanish artist.