Sky trip

Salvador Dali • Painting, 1957, 185×83 cm
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About the artwork
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Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Landscape, Animalism
Style of art: Surrealism
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1957
Size: 185×83 cm
Artwork in selections: 17 selections

Description of the artwork «Sky trip»

Salvador Dali always had visual puns. So in the painting "Sky Trip", painted by him in 1957, the artist does not deny himself this pleasure. His photographic realism, combined with dreamy unrealistic images and create what we mean by surrealism. The motif of large animals standing on stilt legs and touching the clouds with their heads is repeated on several Dali canvases at once, the most famous of which are “A dream caused by a bee flying around a pomegranate, a second before waking up”,Elephants andThe Temptation of St. Anthony.

This image is found in the "Sky Trip". Only now a massive rhino - a symbol of masculinity, rises with a naked girl on her back over the desert terrain. The body of a rhino that has turned into a television shows a baseball game. Salvador Dali always had a rhinoceros on a special account after he received his horn as a gift from a Flemish poet.

In the early 50s, the artist visits an insight, about which he makes an entry in his diary: the body of Christ, which he then wrote, consists entirely of these elements. Thus, with manic ardor, Dali becomes an adherent of the theory that the rhino horn is the basis of any form.


In the hand of a heavenly horsewoman, a crutch is no less frequent element of Dali’s figurative arsenal. According to one version, he refers to the image of death and resurrection. Another speaks of a symbol of fear of failure and the desire to find support for one's fantasies. By the way, Dali owned a rich collection of crutches and canes. One of them once belonged to Winston Churchill.


Soft watches - a reference to the famous painting-reflection on the nature of time"The Persistence of Memory". According to legend, before writing this picture, Dali treated himself to a soft camembert: melted cheese gave birth to a flowing clock in the imagination of the creator.

The artist discusses soft and hard forms in the autobiography “The Secret Life of Salvador Dali”, where he is horrified by the amorphousness of spinach and admires the hardness of the lobster's armor. However, a melting watch is more than an eccentric joke. After all, time was called into question by both physicists and philosophers.

Near the clock, the picture depicts a semblance of a sculpture with a torso hanging in the air. By depicting legs, fingers, torsos, and heads separately from each other, Dali implied freedom. He himself admitted that he loves to examine his thumb, holding a palette in his hand and admiring his isolation.

Iya Beroeva
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