Port of Cadaqués. Night

Salvador Dali • Painting, 1918, 18×24 cm
About the artwork
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Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Landscape
Style of art: Expressionism
Technique: Oil
Materials: Cardboard
Date of creation: 1918
Size: 18×24 cm
Artwork in selections: 4 selections

Description of the artwork «Port of Cadaqués. Night»

The painting, written in 1918 by the fourteen-year-old Salvador Dali, surprises those who know the artist by his later hypostasis of the surrealist. However, the author developed his vision, which made him world famous, only in the mid-1920s, giving up experimenting with impressionism, cubism and Dadaism.

In Cadaqués, a coastal town ten kilometers from Figueres, where Dali was born, his family’s house was on the beach. In those days, it was not easy to get to Cadaques, with its white cubic buildings and streets lined with fish bones, and the settlement had its own charm of inaccessibility. Here in 1929, the artist met his muse, Galu. A year later, the couple acquired a fishing hut without electricity and running water in a nearby village, which for half a century turned into their personal paradise in a hut.

More than a decade before this meeting, in 1918, Dali writes a night port and a ship surrounded by tiny fishing boats, on which his boy was taken to sail around the rocks. Reflections of houses run along the expanse of water. The scene created by heavy strokes recalls the traditional nocturnes of post-impressionists.

“Port of Cadaqués. Night ”is not Dali’s only work depicting a fishing village. In 1931 he creates his famous canvas "The Persistence of Memory", and in 1934 -The Phantom of Sex appeal which are already more familiar to the eye because of its inherent handwriting of the master of irrationality and dreamlike scenes. The same rocks and the coast of Cadaqués served as the backdrop for the plots of the paintings.

Iya Beroeva