Salvador Dali: The Riddle Behind a Genius

Article published on April 26, 2011
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Article published on April 26, 2011
An opinion by Filia Georgoudi An artist oughts to place each and every human being on the top of his/ her values. An artist oughts to be sensitive, foreseeing and willing to praise human existence. And this is an issue over which I will accept no oppositions. Truth is I’ve always prefered Salvador Dali’s technique over Picasso’s.
But, as I grew up, I understood that an artist should be examined through a whole pattern of separate parametres, so that his/ her artistic work be correctly judged. Or at least that’s the way things should be done according to me, while I have placed art as a means of atoning human nature…

Dalakos_3_.pngObviously, Dali’s opinion differs from mine. I guess he was painting for some other, weird reason, having separated his surrealistic oil paintings from each important value that can improve every walk of life, every aspect of our existence.

Moderate with his private life, but deeply conservative, ethnicist or even extremist whith every rising social or religious matter, Dali had expressed from the very beginning his support to General Franco’s ideas and “vision”, strongly opposing to his best friend’s, F. G. Lorca, opinions. For those of you who don’ t know who General Franco was, I shall just mention that he was the one who’s responsible for Guernica’s Bombing in 1937. He’s the one who commanded Lorca’s execution, with the charge of being a political mislead and strong danger to his “colonial”.

I guess that nothing of these made Dali change his mind… Not even his best friend’s execution by those he so firmly supported.

Unfortunately, things can always turn worse…

When Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party began to gain power and publicity in all over Europe, Dali was simply enthusiasted! He kept talking about Hitler to his fellow surrealists with passion, describing him as “a Phenomenon”, praising his political views, his means of propaganda, even his aggressiveness against Communists, Democrats, Socialists and –of course- Jews.

But for all these, he just kept on painting and serving “fine arts”, the same time that Europe was under the threat of a dangerous fascist explosion. That was when other artists stood much more critical, sceptical, sensitive and –gladly most of them- revolutionary towards the big upcoming threat willing to empower human thirst for pure freedom.

Dali finally left for the USA, not in order to progress with his “noble work”, but to avoid the suspicion Spanish artists held against him.

Political views, no matter their genre, always brake the barriers of our scope towards political or financial models. Political views tend to pass from our veins to our DNA and form our whole, personal world. Each movement, thought, is mostly driven by our political scopes. Our life is formed by them… I’m not one of those people who can tolerate with unbearable extremism. And I will never show respect to someone, simply because he/ she has been a talented, imaginative painter. No! I have to examine his/ her life as a whole, in order to decide wether he/ she deserves to be called “an artist”.

And- fortunately or unfortunately- someone who seems to provoke fascism with his view towards life, cannot gain my respect, not only as an artist, but also as a person.