Autorretrato cubista (Cubist Self-Portrait)

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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

Between 1922 and 1923, and up until around 1928, Salvador Dalí’s career went through what is called his Cubist phase, in which, on a number of occasions, the movement’s influence was interwoven with the evocation of motifs from Metaphysical painting. These were always presented as heavy volumes with an immobile, disturbing appearance. From 1923, and very much part of this Cubist phase, come three of the paintings in the Museo Reina Sofía collection, Gitano de Figueres (Figueras Gipsy), La Jorneta (paisaje de Cadaqués) (La Jorneta [Landscape in Cadaqués]) and this one, Autorretrato cubista (Cubist Self-Portrait).
In this self-portrait, Dalí places his head in the centre of the composition, easily recognisable among the mass of cross-hatching abstract lines that make up the rest of his body. Although the painting shows the undeniable influence of Picasso’s 1910 portraits of Ambroise Vollard and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Dalí still in his own way leaves his imprint on the painting, which dates from the same time as his famous Autorretrato con “L'Humanité” (Self-Portrait with “L’Humanité”), which belongs to the Figueras City Council.

Paloma Esteban Leal