Dali painted "Burning Giraffe" during his exile in the United States. Although Dali declared himself apolitical, "I am Dali, and only that.", this painting shows his personal struggle with the battle in his home (Spain) country. Note the opened draws in the blue female figure. This can be traced back to Freud's psychoanalytical method, much admired by Dali. He regarded him as an enormous step forward for civilization and that the only difference between immortal Greece and our era, is Sigmund Freud who discovered that the human body, which in Greek times was merely neoplatonic, is now filled with secret drawers only to be opened through psychoanalysis. The opened drawers in this expressive, propped up female figure thus refer to the inner, subconscious within man.
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