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Dalí i Domènech, Salvador

The Path of the Enigma

Oil on canvas
140 x 94 cm
Dalí Theatre-Museum

Dalí donated this painting to the Theatre-Museum to celebrate his award of the Gold Medal of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government) in 1982, and who was present with his friend, the poet J.V. Foix. We can take in a mysterious perspective with some sacks that contain, according to Dalí, information. It is an iconography highly present in the artist’s work, especially in the painting of the early period, already of a surrealist expression, Inaugural Gooseflesh or in the disappeared Honey is Sweeter than Blood. An allegorical work, its reading is based on duality, in the apparent elemental content of wheat and grain and, at the same time, the more philosophical content of information and understanding, the final meaning of the work. The painting’s lines of perspective lead towards a horizon focused on a heavenly body of a cold appearance, and gives the sensation that for the same reason that there is an outward path towards an undefined background, so there is a return path, like an echo, through the double projection in the upper space.

© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2014.

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