Autorretrato cubista (Cubist Self-Portrait)

Salvador Dalí

Figueras, Girona, Spain, 1904 - 1989
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    Oil and collage on paperboard glued to wood
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    104 x 75 cm
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  • Salvador Dalí Bequest, 1990

Salvador Dalí’s encounter with Cubism began in 1922 while he was a student in Madrid and after reading the magazine L’Esprit Nouveau, which his uncle managed to obtain for him from Barcelona. For the five or so years he made Cubist works, Dalí experimented with different styles, influences and techniques that had materialised during the movement’s fifteen years of life, although ultimately the tenets of Purism, a more recent version of Cubism, would resonate more.
His 1923 Autorretrato cubista (Cubist Self-Portrait) serves as a good example to demonstrate that crossover of influences. Thus, in his portrait-mask, with its African aesthetics, Dalí inserts a composition inherited from the Analytical Cubism Picasso was working on around 1910, adding the papier collé technique, introduced by Picasso and Braque in 1912.

Raúl Martínez Arranz