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Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man Salvador Dali 1904-1989 1943 Oil on linen canvas 461x 52 cm Salvador Dali museum St Petersburg Surrealism ARTIST Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali was born in 1904 in Spain He was treated like royalty by his poor parents as they thought of him as the incarnation of his brother who had died 9 months before Salvadors birth This constantly reminded him of death later resulting in his obsession with death as seen in many of his artworks including one of his most praised The Persistence of Memory Dali was highly talented and produced very sophisticated drawings from an early age He studied painting in Madrid and the Metaphysical School of Painting founded by Giorgio de Chirico which had an important influence on Dalis paintings He developed his own style using strange objects from his fantasy worlds in weird juxtaposition Dali is considered one of the most important artists of the surrealist movement For fourteen years Dali employed all the common features of surrealism many of his paintings also include the techniques of impressionism cubism futurism and classicism as seen in Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the new Man AUDIENCE There wouldve been a varying audience for this artwork patrons of surrealist pieces political audiences of the world war and historians In this artwork we see Dalis reaction and views on the world war at the time Today this painting could be accepted as America is considered the power of the world during the 1940s however Europe was considered the power This painting couldve offended many people and forced them to accept a different view ARTWORK Dalis Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man is very symbolic like most of his surrealist paintings It focuses on a rebirth This painting depicts the violent birth of the new man from a globe in the shape of an egg emerging as
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