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Woman at the window in Figueres

Painting, 1926, 21.5×21 cm

Description of the artwork «Woman at the window in Figueres»

Dali will write the first surrealistic paintings in 1928, two years later. And now, in 1926, he is just graduating from the Art Academy in Madrid (at first he will not show up for the final exam, and then he will, but he will refuse to take it). They gave 22 years, he is still a student, but his first exhibition has already brought encouraging reviews from critics and the first money. Friends admire his paintings, his father believes in him, and not just believes, but decides to give his son a trip to Paris in honor of his first success.

Going to the capital of artistic life, at the epicenter of everything grand that is happening in art, Dali takes with him the “Woman at the Window in Figueres” to show Picasso. He will go to the workshop of the famous Spaniard before he reaches the Louvre. Picasso for him at this time (and a long time after) - the main artist, an unquestioning genius, the "best poet" of our time and landmark. Dali has been experimenting with cubism and purism for several years, is training to disassemble the image into parts (this experience of the visual designer will later develop for him into his own artistic method of dual images).

But in addition to the Picasso workshop, the young Catalan visits several museums and important places on the art map - and among them the houseMillet in Barbizon and a museum in Belgium for paintings Vermeer. These two - Millet and Vermeer - are the culprits and sponsors of Salvador's most significant children's aesthetic impressions.Angelus Millet in the school corridor made the nine-year-old Dali experience great pleasure and great anxiety, an obsession with the riddles hidden in this canvas will accompany the artist all his life. Reproduction"Lacemakers" Vermeer hung in the office of Dali's father - and worried the imagination of Salvador no less. The main tool of the lace-maker, the center of the composition, the point of greatest attention, which actually is not - the invisible needle.

And, of course, “The Woman at the Window in Figueres” is an attempt to unravel this children's secret, an attempt to enter from the other side and find an invisible needle. The woman in his picture weaves lace using the same tools as Vermeer's laceworker 250 years ago - the same wooden bobbins. Just to get the lace done, pins are needed - they poked a pillow under the arms of the Vermeer craftswoman. But the woman Dali does without them - her lace weaves without a single needle.

Bring the riddle to the point of absurdity, answer the nonexistent, exacerbating this nonexistent. Look at what is not, and carefully document it. Very in the spirit of the future surrealist Dali.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene, Urban landscape

Style of art: Surrealism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1926

Size: 21.5×21 cm

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