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Salvador Dali Statue Portrait of Picasso (1947)

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About Salvador Dali Statue Portrait of Picasso (1947)

This Parastone resin three-dimensional representation shows the Spaniard Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí­'s original work Portrait of Picasso in the Twenty-first Century in 1947, painted twenty-one years after meeting the co-founder of Cubism, the Spaniard Pablo Picasso. Some scholars interpret Dalí's Portrait of Picasso is a direct assault on the artist, while at the same time representing their relationship. In his work, Dalí challenges Picasso's reputation as well as the permanence of his artistic stature. Dali­ used his remarkable hyper-realism to create a deeply contradictory portrait. Mocking Picasso's prestige by showing him as an antique bust covered in melting flesh, Dali­ nonetheless evoked his genius by showing liquid metal flowing through Picasso's head to shape an attenuated spoon, which encloses one of Picasso's signature and most polymorphous subjects, the guitar. Dali gave the oil painting a long name in order to qualify Picasso as a genius but placed in the Twenty-First Century, as it appears on the canvas in Roman numerals appear. The carnation, the goat's horns or the mandolin refer to values such as intellectualism, the exaltation of ugliness or the sentimentalism present in Picasso's work. The mutual rivalry and admiration of Dali­ and Picasso spanned more than four decades, ending only with Picasso's death in 1973 (Dalí died in 1989). Dalí said: "I believe that the magic in Picasso's work is romantic, in other words, the root of its upheaval, while mine can only be done by building on tradition. I am totally different from Picasso since he was not interested in beauty, but in ugliness and I, more and more, in beauty; but ugly beauty and beautiful beauty, in extreme cases of geniuses like Picasso and me, can be of an angelic type."


More details on Salvador Dali Statue Portrait of Picasso (1947):
  • Dimensions: 5.25" in. x 3.25" in. x 1.5" in.
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Material: Resin.
  • Original Artwork: Dalí, Salvador. Portrait of Pablo Picasso in The Twenty-First Century. (1947). Oil on Canvas. 65,5 x 56 cm. Dalí Theater-Museum, Figueres.
  • Part of Parastone's Museum Collection.


The artist who above all others symbolizes Surrealism in the public imagination is the Spaniard, Salvador Dalí. His genius for publicity brought the word “Surrealism” to the level of a common noun in all languages. Not only Dali's art denotes that is irrational and erotic, but also mad–and fashionable. All at once, his paintings, his writings, his utterances, his actions, his appearance, and his iconic mustache celebrate his eccentricity. The Surrealists’ exploration of the human psyche and dreams reached new heights in Dalí’s extravagant works. In his paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and designs for furniture and movies, Dalí probed a deeply erotic dimension. While studying the writings of von Krafft-Ebing and Freud, he invented what he called the “paranoiac-critical method” to assist his creative process. Dalí’s surrealist works are characterized by their haunting allegorical empty space where even time has ended. An eerie, never-setting sun usually illuminates the barren landscapes, with often amorphous and imaginary creatures in the foreground. Dalí rendered every detail of this dreamscape with precise control, striving to make the world of his paintings convincingly real–in his words, to make the irrational concrete.


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