a) When Giger was fourteen, he first saw Dali's painting Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) on a small postcard. He was captivated by the use of shadow and the incredible figures depicted in his paintings. For some reason, he felt as if he was already familiar with his work and he thought that he had seen the same world in a still from Jean Cocteau's film "Beauty And the Beast" in Life magazine. Giger as an artist admitted that he found it impossible to not be influenced by Dali's work.
b) See Elongated skull apparitions by way of Dali
c) See Inspiration from Dali for Necronom V
d) See Dali's Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)
|Salvador Dali's Soft Construction with boiled beans ( Premonition of Civil War), 1936|
- H R Giger: Finally I saw a painting by Dali, just on a small postcard; I was very impressed. I saw the same world I had seen before in the stills from Cocteau's film (HR Giger by Debbie Harry and Christ Stein)
- Tom Gabriel Warrior: There exist a number of
parallels between you and Salvador Dali. Is it correct that Salvador
Dali had a special significance in your life?
H R Giger: Yes, very much so. he was someone I deeply admired. When I was fourteen, I first saw his painting Premonition of Civil War on a postcard. I was captivated by the use of shadow and by the incredible figures depicted in his paintings. For some reasons, it felt as if I was already familiar with his work? (Zero Tolerance #26, p25 Nov/Dec 2008)