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Dali was still able to shock his art. Not for nothing he was recognized as a genius, right after the very first exhibition. True, not everyone recognized this, but only those who were able to understand the author’s thought and his imagination.
But here with this canvas is an amazing story. The author twice returned to this kind of composition. But only for the first time he depicted a basket of bread surprisingly subtly and in a completely different realism. That painting was written in 1925. And exactly twenty years later, Dali returned to this composition again, but only this time everything was laconic and strict. Black background, wooden bench, wicker basket and bread in it. But sometimes there is a feeling that the bread is as if illuminated from the inside, it is so light. It is so magnificent and against this dark background it seems surprisingly bright and diverse. This is what is confusing! It would seem that everything here is clear ... and yet ...
Dali often returned to the topic of bread. He considered this product the life of the body. Or even the life of the world. But there are some more “tricks” in this canvas. If you look closely, the bread is drawn with a somewhat distorted perspective. This says only one thing: Dali did not forget his “I” and even in a more than realistic canvas, where everything is detailed in detail, he did not forget his style of writing. On the contrary, as if signed by a drawing. Something like: “Yes, gentlemen, I wrote this.
Although it’s not in my style, the bread is clearly from my other paintings. ” And then it turns out that this is not simple realism, but a flimsy, contrived one. In principle, the way it probably is, the canvas was written in 1945, just when the Second World War ended (here you have a black background), and bread again began to be sold in Europe in unlimited quantities. But it was bread that was valuable during the war (and here is the symbol of peace and life).
Dali never ceases to amaze even when he is clearly in a different genre.
Diego Velazquez Coronation of Our Lady