The Burning Giraffe: Sexualized Objects and the Death of Patriarchy old texts

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Widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of the twenty-first century, and certainly one of its more salient cultural figures, the iconic Salvador Dali has left an indelible mark on the public conscious. Emblematic of the Surrealist movement, Dali brought to the masses a heightened awareness of the unconscious landscape of the human experience. He was certainly a controversial figure, often made the subject of immense public scrutiny, with critics focusing more on his eccentric mannerisms and unique dress than his complex and symbolic cannon. However, despite all of this, he mastered the Surrealist genre, a style strongly linked to the humanity that his detractors sought to deprive him of. Heavily influenced by Freudian theory, Dali exposes the nuances and the intricacy of the psyche through his artwork. Utilizing certain symbols and precise, artistic techniques, Dali discovered his unique style—the world of the unconscious recalled in dreamlike states—propelling…

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