Review of William Tell 1930 by Salvador Dali from Bernie Quigley

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William Tell 1930 by Salvador Dali

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Parthalon Flyingsnake DeCoursy Considers the Piano Man by Bernie Quigley on 2005-06-07

Here is an interesting horse dream for you - I see this picture in 1930, named William Tell (the apple man? John Lennon? – later Dali has a dream of six “Lenins” on a grand piano – like Black Elk’s Six Grandfathers, the half of the Universe which is Yang – the six male signs of the zodiac) as a vision of Land of the Dead with water flowing from the tomb thing (Awakening from the Dead) and primal Yin and Yang (Logos and Eros)as parents - they are presented in a future painting in 1931 as parents of Adam and Eve (with the shadow of the grand piano and the shadow of the alchemical lion - what is interesting here is that the horse begins to rise in Dali's imagination, awakening Dali (emergin from Animus – female horse paintings earlier in the year) - prior to this time his pictures were skillful, but many imitations of Max Earnst, Picasso, George Braque, DeCirico, what not, but here he has his “spring awakening” - horse/Pegasus/Dali – Pegasus is the Aquarian rising from a dead horse like Khrishna abandoning his old ego and Pegasus taking flight toward the “dance of life and death” - this is the way Aquarian (the curing water flows from the Land of the Dead on the gravestone thing) – Dali’s life work really begins here and ends with the orange Buddhist monk thing many years later (which pierces and ends the harbinger Pegasus in “The Second Coming of Christ”) and the Horse Ascending andmoving Rome to sky consciousness in “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” - - the piano man rises here from the mind of primal Yin and Yang and the piano man has the dual nature, human and cosmic – the second face cosmic/divine nature, which awakens Aquarian harbinger Pegasus freeing the consciousness and the inner life, appears to be the alchemical lion-god (the vegetation god, I believe, which devours the Sun) – interesting Dali saw these things rising as WW II was coming on – the death of Europe brought visions of new Awakening – the sacred horse rises from the dead - Dali’s pictures from this onward tell a story of Awakening and he has found his horse. The grand piano persists as a sacred talisman throughout the next decades and today to Lennon swansong Imagine and in the mind of the sad and silent man in the English mental ward, who plays snippets of John Lennon and draws grand piano in circles – talisman in harmony to Land of the Dead. Interesting though that Lennon never wanted to work with Dali. Parthalon Flyingsnake DeCoursy