When I talked about "reading" paintings last week I knew that Dali would challenge me with my own words. He was the master at painting a scene within a scene within a scene which hid a political or philosophical message. We spent our day at the exhibit deciphering his work and marveling at the variety of his styles and techniques. But here is a fun one to share with you. A really gigantic piece:
This was painted in 1976
As I moved in a little closer it begins to look pixelated (only that word was not invented "back then").
Actually it is a series of large squares divided up on the canvas, each in a slightly different color.
Appropriately the painting is titled: "Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at 20 Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln." Clever name. and if that was not enough he added that it was in homage to Mark Rothko (and his use of "color fields"). I cannot even imagine how he went about designing and executing this piece, never mind what made him tie the two things (3?) together.
Seeing his art is only half the fun, most folks remember Dali as quite a character (even appearing in tv commercials and movie bits in the US) and the museum is happy to share some of these personality stories via the guided tour head sets as well as the docents. So enjoyable!
I could tell you about "The Average Bureaucrat," a painting of a man (who resembles his father) with an empty head, save but a few seashells, and has no ears. Relevant? He painted it in 1930. So many of his thoughts still so timely and universal to our understanding today.
And remember those dripping, draping clocks that have become the icon of this suited painter? Well, I learned that they are now referred to (in art parlance) as "soft clocks" and they were devised when he stayed home from a movie one evening and and contemplated the idea of time, why it feels faster or slower, how it is relative and inconsequential both. Hmmmmm, now you know!
Well worth a trip to visit...in my opinion!
Art Fully Yours,