Executed in rich sanguine, Alegoría relativa a la higiene y seguridad (Allegory of Health & Safety)
is a powerful depiction of a Dalinian horse trotting harmoniously with the goddess of health, Hygieia
. This phantasmagorical scene serves as a unique allegory of health and safety, as both figures are painstakingly illustrated with a unique technical virtuosity that is characteristic of Salvador Dalí. While the Dalinian figure of the horse often serves as an ominous reminder of death and decay, as in Le Chevalier de la mort
, the present work relays a hopeful message: the Dalinian horse is portrayed full of spirit and life, so much so that the horse’s mane sprouts beautiful branches of leaves. With elegant control and mastery, Hygieia
walks gracefully alongside the Dalinian horse. This time health is the master of time. She tames the horse, commands it and secures it.
Boasting a provenance befitting its theme, the present work was commissioned directly from the artist by Dr. D. Antonio Viñas Fontenals in 1974. It was then gifted to Fontenals’ colleague, Dr. D. José Gonzalez de la Puerta, as a means of honouring the latter’s work in establishing a Health And Safety institute in Barcelona.