Review of The enigma of William Tell 1933 by Salvador Dali from Bernie Quigley

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The enigma of William Tell 1933 by Salvador Dali

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Parthalon Flyingsnake DeCoursy Sees a White Piano by Bernie Quigley on 2005-06-09

This is one of the most interesting and important of Dali's paintings as it relates to the earlier painting in which the Piano Man emerges from Primal Yin and Yang, which might be considered a Garden of Eden for the ascending Age. Other pictures relate to it and it can more easily be understood as a sequence of dreams are understood in their thematic entirety. It may be considered in all of the pictures with elongated figures that the figure represents either a human who has had a space/time experience (a cosmic or sacred moment -Chronos - all time as one momnet in the Greek Orthodox) or an avatar or a combination of both. But it is helpful in viewing Dali's paintings to put orthodoxy and nihilism aside and consider oneself in a Tibetan Buddhist framework - that is, the belief that one may enter space/time through devotion and that indeed, that there is such a thing as space/time and that we share in it as Human Beings (I am He is the Hindu phrase) - Dali had these moments I would say and they are, perhaps, therefor prophecy - that is, the artist saw something there that may relate to the past or the present. The "William Tell" figure in the earlier picture was a Piano Man with a dual identity - the one a regular musician, the other an alchemical Lion-god. This is the same as dual nature in any cultural configuation - the one man in present time, the other an avatar of a sort (a space/time visitor) - that is, one who brings something from space/time for our use or our development. So it should be considered that the alchemical lion-god is perhaps of the future as well as of the past, merely in metamorphosis in different incarnations over the ages. The White Piano persists today as a talisman for John Lennon's Imagine song which combines elements of The Gospel of Thomas and Tolstoi's religion, and in the sad plight of the silent man in the English mental hospital. Will no one look at his sad plight with knowledge, sensitivity and compassion? Parthalon Flyingsnake DeCoursy