Mao Zedong "The Turtle Mountains"

Mao Zedong "The Turtle Mountains"

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Salvador Dali

Mao Zedong "The Turtle Mountains"
38 x 28 cm

Poems By Mao Zedong 

In the midst of the Cultural Revolution in China, soon followed by the May 1968  riots in France, Pierre Argillet brought the book of “Poems” by Mao Zedong to  Dali. Tickled, the artist decided to create eight illustrations, some of which were  political satires. 

The “Hundred Flowers” are shown as towering fleurs-de-lis, symbols of royalty,  with people attempting to reach them. Crowns emerge from the “River of Plenty.”  When Argillet asked Dali why his “Bust of Mao” was a headless Chinese uniform,  Dali replied: “Well, the man is so tall that he didn’t fit on the page!”. – “And what  about these small dancing “Demons?” – “To the Chinese, they are Japanese!”. 

The “Dragon” is a female monster, the “Three Mountains of Peace” are hardly larger  than rocks, and the “Tortoise Mounts”, shown as gigantic, antediluvian animals,  wander in the midst of excrements resembling the Yin and Yang symbol. As to the  splendid ”Small Horses”, their pirouettes call to mind the Renaissance period, but  also the longing for freedom. 

Suite of 8 original etchings reworked in drypoint published in 1968.

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