'Flaming Giraffe' is one of the most distinguishable works by Salvador Dalí featuring two waify, human-like figures wandering through a moody blue desert. The figures are each supported by stilts and have open drawers lined down the front of their bodies. The drawers were meant to signify the inner secrets and complexities of the human ego and identity, and how compartmentalized emotions can become. The flaming giraffe in the background represented impending war to Dalí and he featured it several times in his other works.
Salvador Dalí is a famous surrealist painting master who lived most of his life in Spain between 1904 and 1989. Known for his peculiar and eccentric lifestyle, Dalí was encouraged to express himself very early on by his mother and would pursue more advanced artistic training as he grew older. He initially studied classic art techniques like impressionism and Renaissance-era works but soon discovered more modern, avant-garde art practices like cubism and surrealism. Today Dalí is considered to be one of the greatest surrealist artists of the 20th century.