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Salvador Dali practically did not create portraits of other artists. There are very few exceptions - for example, he once depicted Velasquez in a picture. One of these exceptions is the Portrait of Picasso painted in 1947.
The relations of two artists, each of whom considered himself an absolute genius (Dali did not even hesitate to write a "Diary") were very peculiar. Dali sought to become one level with Picasso. He sent him postcards, telegrams, once proposed to abandon the pro-communist views and move to a nationalist Franco-Spain.
Picasso, on the other hand, considered all Dali’s attempts to be “advertising things.” He never mentions the name of Salvador Dali, does not talk about works, does not respond to messages - even to the famous “Portrait of Dali”.
This portrait is a mixture of monstrosity and arrogance. Here you can guess some of the features of Picasso. This is a helmet in which the artist works, taking on Dali the appearance of goat horns, some Greek motifs.
All paintings by Dali are deeply symbolic. "Portrait" was no exception. Along with the monstrosity and arrogance there is a tribute to the intellect of Picasso, and his sentimentality. These qualities are indicated by mandolin and flowers.
Dali himself said that the emperor is depicted in the picture. Arrogant, cruel, sentimental. Greek motifs are also expressed in the replacement of the traditional imperial crown with a laurel wreath.
The picture dates back to when Dali lived in America. She exhibited in New York in the winter of 1947-48. The artist prepared a picture for a permanent exhibition in his own Theater-Museum in his native city of Figueres.
Portraits of Dali - this is not how this or that person looked. This is Dali's idea of this man. To some extent, these are friendly cartoons testifying to great respect.
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