Civilization did not bring a person more intelligence. As if guarding the sensible from excessive arrogance, history plunges humanity into the bloodiest wars that cast people back decades. Development slows down for several decades, something that seemed unshakable and unshakable collapses.
Huge elephants, the largest and strong land animals, standing on thin legs-stilts – a symbol of political colossus on the unsteady legs of history. Time is ruthless. It rejects everything in the past, is afraid of everything that is in the future. The destiny of politics is real, instant, hardly noticeable. The picture
The symbol of the outgoing nightmare was a red glow, inferior to the rising sun. At this dawn hour, the tired past is forgiven with a vigorous present. The future is hidden… A languid, sad elephant, wanders into oblivion. A cheerful, trumpeted elephant steps towards him, he proudly enters into his rights to quickly turn into a sad and departing… Hardly noticeable are two human figures – female and male.
Against the background of pompous scenery with elephants, they look completely insignificant, but they are the main ones in the picture. The natural driving force of civilization is not in powerful structures that have fragile foundations, but an eternal desire to procreate, clothed in the form of love and affection. Nature does not allow civilization to die, its power is not so noticeable as a state machine, with obelisks, ritual tinsel, bright decorations.
The picture is devoid of detail, in front of the viewer there is a desert. There is nothing in the world except the great nature and the state, the creation of culture. Not the best of her creatures. Dali’s passion for elephants has always been a subject of special interest for researchers. Masters fascinated these animals. In his plans was the transition to the elephant through the Pyrenees, for the sake of the repetition of the campaign of Hannibal. The campaign did not take place, but the images persecuted the artist and changed from painting to painting.