Václav Tikal / The Dying Age
The painting The Dying Age from 1942 is representative of his imaginative style and displays features characteristic of Dali’s Surrealism. It depicts a landscape with a low horizon and a calm, almost clear broad blue sky. An organic torso is struggling to survive by grasping imaginary architecture in the shape of a gateway situated in the centre of the canvas and acts at the fixed centre of the painting. The suspended torso seems to be the only thing that remains of the present world. The world in front of the gate is the last outpost of the present age, while the world beyond it that spreads into the distance is the new age. The work is an outstanding example of the high point of Tikal’s oeuvre in the early 1940s.