Salvador Dalí (1904-1989): The Burning Giraffe, 1937, Oil4/10/2021, 9:15:52 AM
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989): The Burning Giraffe, 1937, Oil on panel, 35 cm × 27 cm (13.8 in × 10.6 in), Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland Dalí's 'Burning Giraffe' shows a twilight atmosphere with deep blue sky. There are two female figures in the foreground, one with drawers opening from her side like a chest, which Dalí on a later date described as "Femme-coccyx" (tail bone woman). The hands, forearms and face of the nearest figure are stripped down to the muscular tissue beneath the skin. One figure is holding a strip of meat. Both humanures that double as a chest of drawers as well as the crutch like shapes are common archetypes in Dalí’s work. In the distance is a giraffe with its back on fire. Dalí first used the burning giraffe image in his 1930 film L'Âge d'Or (The Golden Age). Dalí described this image as “the masculine cosmic apocalyptic monster.” He believed it to be a premonition of war.