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I was looking at Salvador Dali’s artworks, and this picture stunned me.

The painting consisted of one head, one tree and one nuclear mushroom. The head might represents humanity, while the tree represents nature and mushroom cloud represents destruction. When nuclear exploded, the tree was the one closest to it then come to the head, which could mean that impact on nature is far greater than impact on human.

I found some background reading from here:

Between the years of 1946 and 1958 (AFTER world war two), the United States conducted 23 nuclear tests at the Micronesian atoll, Bikini. The tests caused the radioactive contamination of the entire system of islands. The (roughly) two hundred Micronesians who inhabited the islands were relocated by the US before the tests, and eventually brought back in 1968. The US lost a lawsuit to the Micronesians in the amount of $100 million when it was discovered, ten years later in 1978, that the levels of radioactivity were still dangerously high.

These experimental explosions on the atoll of Bikini inspired Dali to paint the Three Sphinxes. Dali himself was a surrealist painter. If you look at the point of view of “expressionism,” then paintings in general are supposed to emphasize the expression of inner experience rather than a solely “photographic” portrayal of reality. It is subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in the artist. In surrealism, it goes one step further: it’s the unconscious that is emphasized, and paintings express the workings of the mind by using symbolic imagery and interesting juxtaposition of subject matter.

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27 Responses so far.

  1. Bob says:

    This is two mushroom clouds not a head

  2. Angie steadman says:


    There are actually two trees, and two heads. the heads double as nuclear mushrooms. I think the dark shadows along the edge of the painting might indicate that a previous nuclear bomb might have been dropped as well.

  3. Byron Steele says:

    Salvador Dali sure was a very controversial character! On Dalí’s personality, George Orwell once remarked that ‘one ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts, that Dalí is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being, the one does not invalidate or, in a sense, affect the other.’ Lol!

  4. bob says:


  5. amber says:

    u toccare ciò che ha detto un albero e la sua testa e una centrale nucleare o di funghi explosin Penso che significa che quando la vita e dà limoni rendere il succo d’uva poi sedersi indietro e lasciare che il mondo si chiedono come l’inferno e ha dispiace non parlano inglese
    used google translate
    u touch that he said a tree and head and a nuclear mushroom or explosin I think that means that when life gives lemons make grape juice then sit back and let the world wonder how the hell u did it and sorry not speak English

  6. Calburno says:

    i believe that the original statement about the painting is true because if you think about it the effect on the wildlife did effect the nature of the island more than the natives because the vegitaition on the island absorbed the radioactive substitute for potassium which then effected the natives, and although the natives became sick they had the option to leave; something that nature dosent have.

  7. joanne says:

    the whole point is that it doesnt look like on or the other, the nuclear mushrooms were man made, therefore it is represented by a head but at the same time it is a cloud of smoke. its symbolic for what went on.

  8. Kamina Leo says:

    When was this done?

  9. Luke says:


  10. J. says:

    Its paranoiac critical, one of Dali’s favoured creations.

  11. marlene says:

    vary nice pianting you have

  12. marlene says:

    will nice pianting you have

  13. marlene says:

    your very expressive

  14. estoo says:

    there is 3 heads 2 trees and not one is looking at (me) the viewer
    they have turned there back on me…

  15. artspurt says:

    thats a load of shit they are physical representations of the same shape, but the fact we recognise these different things in that shape is clever, thats what i think the piont of surrealism is, to create a clever image to entice an audience

  16. Makedon says:

    There is no animals, and nature without animals is just a city park.
    Animals as a sign are in every country on the flag, in the songs, etc..

  17. Deeds says:

    Greg likes it hard.

  18. art says:

    artspurt is spot on! Everything this blogger wrote after “Dali himself was a surrealist painter.” is just a load of horseshit that the blogger made up obviously while on drugs!

  19. art says:

    artspurt is spot on! Everything this blogger quoted after “Dali himself was a surrealist painter.” is just a load of horseshit that the quotee made up obviously while on drugs!

  20. Banana King says:

    Surely what was written about surrealism is right.. Surrealism was all about unconscious thought and dreams.

  21. DC says:

    Surrealism is what ever you want it to be. it could be two heads/ mushroom clouds, or what ever you want it to be. I think that whoever wrote the artical was write in saying that nature is more vulnerabe to the acts of man, while man can sit back and watch. I think that Dali used a tree to rep. nature because it is unmoving, it cant do anything about its fate, its all up to man.

  22. MER HALE says:

    If you all look again and again you will see the Angelus yet again!

  23. I dig this piece of work but for some reason I don’t easily or quickly see the ‘nuclear mushroom’ — Regardless I still think it’s deep and true to what made Dali an interesting cat.

  24. shaqueon scott says:


  25. curry says:

    the impact on nature greater than on human? seeing nature as more vulnerable than man??
    man is a part of nature, so whatever harm u do to nature it eventually harms man. Contaminating the environment is killing men by deteriorating trees, soil, air, water, that allow men to live. The whole planet suffers from nuclear contamination, but men are not in a safer position than anything else.
    that being said great and inspiring painting!

  26. SALVADOR DALI says:



  27. HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    What is the painting made from? Oil, wax…?

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