Roman horseman in Iberia

Salvador Dali1954/1954

Museu do Caramulo

Museu do Caramulo
Caramulo, Portugal

  • Title: Roman horseman in Iberia
  • Creator: Dalí, Salvador
  • Date: 1954/1954
  • Technique/Material: Water-colour on paper (sgd)
  • Physical Dimensions: w73.5 x h59 cm (Without frame)
  • Exhibition: Caramulo, Portugal
  • Donated by:: The artist
  • Description: A Catalan artist, Salvador Dalí began in 1924 to engage in a form of “metaphysical” painting, influenced by Chirico and Carrá, and then, after settling in Paris in 1928, he joined the Surrealist Group, exhibiting his great brilliance in this field. In his best period, until 1934, Dalí created a highly provocative pictorial language that linked elements of dreams and the unconscious to pictorial metaphors of a realistic type. His movement away from Surrealism and his growing interest in historical citation date from that time. His references ranged from Rafael and Piero di Cosimo to Millet, culminating in a baroque style of mystical expression that was to lead him to Catholicism. The growing commercialism that overtook the artist did not prevent him from producing certain pictures that were reminiscent of his initial phase of development, such as this drawing in which a warrior-horseman with a nebulous body and his mount are given an almost classical treatment, to which our attention is directed by the title of the work itself: the figures evolve, however, under threatening clouds in an almost deserted mountainous landscape, in which there is a predominantly liquid surface suggestive of the unconscious, the whole effect being to create a climate of strange temporal suspension. RAS
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Museu do Caramulo