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FLORES, Maria Bernardete Ramos. When the dragon takes the horse's place: a post-colonial character in Xul Solar's criollo painting. Rev. Bras. Hist. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.63, pp.361-380. ISSN 1806-9347.

The figure of St. George in the fight against the dragon, which appears in the many paintings of Kandinsky, functioned as a warrior shaman and healer of the ills of modern society. Xul Solar, a representative of the Argentinean criolla vanguard and the belief that America, with its myths and belief systems, revealed a spiritual space in which a new humanity would develop, uses the dragon's role to subvert the flow of colonization. In the 1927 watercolor Drago, regarded as the best representation of his utopia of Latin American unity, a dragon adorned by the flags of Latin America glides over the sea towards Europe, greeted by the flags of the metropolitan countries. The man riding the dragon holds a staff topped by a triangle (which for Kandinsky was the symbol of spiritual life), to carry the message of the New World to the Old World.

Keywords : serpent myth; gods and codices; post-colonialism.

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