Self-portrait with Raphael’s neck by Salvador Dali

Self portrait with Raphaels neck by Salvador Dali

The painting was written when Dali was only seventeen years old, although he tried to make himself older and give his appearance a character that was not characteristic of him.

1921 was the year when his mother died, and he himself left the house for the first time to become a student of the San Fernando Academy in Madrid. This tense, self-defeating self-portrait has a claim to invincible masculinity, which was probably intended to hide Dali’s extreme shyness; The same goal was served by the more well-known face of a mustachioed prankster and dandy.

The technique of painting here is quite literate,

but imitative, – a smear and a palette give out the influence of impressionism, pointillism and other ‘modern’ trends that Dali will soon leave for the sake of sharpened ‘academic’ manner. In the background – the sea, the Costa Brava and the small fishing village of Kadak, which will play such an important role in life, and in the art of Dali.

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