“Flaming Giraffe” or “Giraffe on Fire” - a painting by Salvador Dali in the late 30s is one of the most significant works of the great artist. This painting is painted in a surreal style and
Another work of Dali, “The Invention of Monsters”, is directly related to this picture. It is these two paintings, in the opinion of the greatest artist, that are a kind of warning about an impending war. Indeed, a giraffe with a burning back appears in both paintings.
The tragedy of the work is emphasized by the bright contrast of the flame on a blue background. In addition, the unusual aquamarine color of the painting looks especially impressive. In general, the combination of red and blue colors play a special role in attracting attention and causing anxious feelings.
In the foreground is a figure of a woman with her arms outstretched forward. The woman’s face and forearms are bloodied, as if they were torn off their skin. Her head, devoid of face, is full of despair and helplessness in the face of impending danger.
Behind this woman is another figure, in whose hands a piece of meat hangs, symbolizing the death and self-destruction of mankind. Behind each female figure, peculiar props are shown that Salvador Dali often used in his works, thus demonstrating the weakness and depravity of man.
Despite the fact that the figure of the animal is made much smaller than the figures of women, the giraffe himself, the “male space apocalyptic monster”, is the central image of the picture.
In general, the great artist tried to convey with this picture a premonition of an impending war. Although some researchers and experts are inclined to the version that Dali expressed a negative attitude towards the state and the helplessness of an ordinary person in front of the authorities.