La Pêche aux thons pays tribute to the elementary forces of nature manifest in battle through a dynamic portrayal of man, tuna, sea and blood. Amidst the chaotic explosion of action, Dalí tackles his life-long fascination with Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point Theory: the belief that the universe and the cosmos were finite. In the artist’s own words, ‘In a way, this liberates us from the terrible Pascalian fear that living beings are of no importance compared with the cosmos; and it leads us to the idea that the entire cosmos and universe meet at a certain point – which, in this case, is the tuna catch. Hence the alarming energy in the painting! Because all those fish, all those tuna, and all the people busy killing them, are personifications of the finite universe’ (quoted in Ibid.)
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