It is very difficult to understand Dali without knowing his biography or without reading his criticism or just at least superficially not hearing him. He is simply an irresistibly difficult artist for an aesthetically sensitive person.
Here, for example, this canvas – “Small remains”. What is it about? About being? The fact that everything is perishable in this world? But we already know this through the Bible or through all sorts of philosophical books. But Dali our knowledge is not enough, it needs to show the process itself. He needs to show how this is all destroyed and eaten by time. And he demonstrates this, showing us a half gnawed female body. He lets us know that all this is perishable and turns into dust, into skeletons. Not perishable only space, time and the infinity of the process. Do not dissolve mathematics and philosophy.
Dali is obsessed with a little philosophy and mystery. He himself has always been a kind of mystery. Not everyone understood his frills and antics with which he came out. Wherever he went everywhere there was a certain embarrassment in society, but for him shocking. Yes, even his appearance puzzled some people. He always dressed very strangely, and his famous mustache-hands, which became his brand, always had some new outfit: bows, flowers, cubes.
Roughly speaking, the artist turned out to be non-standard, but still he was practically recognized as a genius. And if he was crazy, then most likely just quiet exuberant. He left us a lot of masterpieces, there are even those who still cannot be unraveled. By the way, he also created such canvases with rebus solutions, so that the viewer was not bored at the exhibition, and already at home, so that he could think about the charade.
It turned out that he not only develops aesthetically, but also makes him develop mentally and at the same time enjoy real art. Isn’t that so ingenious?