Venus and the Sailor by Salvador Dali

Venus and the Sailor by Salvador Dali

The early work of Salvador Dali “Venus and the Sailor” is written in a style rarely used by the author. This applicability of details is more similar to Cubism, but already foreshadows the rudiments of the surrealistic irrationality of the painter. The impression that gives a viewing of the picture, causes emotions, as it is customary to say “unhealthy” character.

The direction of thoughts falls below the belt and begins to disturb the conclusion about the soundness of Dali’s mind. Judge for yourself. In the picture there are many pieces of bodies, bare on purpose, there is a

woman and he is a certain sailor, hungry to the feminine flesh. Venus is distorted to a housewife and does not at all resemble a Goddess – a beauty. Her blue “drenched” eyes and casually tied cotton handkerchief resemble the everyday life of a widowed washerwoman in soapy foam. And then another sailor on his knees with a pipe in his mouth – a son, a husband, a neighbor or a toy? Proportions of bodies of this kind have already flashed on the prospectuses of the Soviet period with numerous appeals. Here and there, there is not enough of any vulgar dry inscription.

However, El Salvador is not so simple as to simply portray the everyday life of commoners and call them Venus. Digging in the sense of Salvador’s work is like digging a bullock with a shovel. It has many meanings and interpretations. It is very difficult to catch the truth. Therefore, we have to content ourselves with an impeccable letter and an azure palette of the picture. Dali’s letter was dry, dense, but not heavy. It seems natural and neat, but it is not known how many overlaps each layer of work has been exposed to.

The plot seems to have been born immediately and here on the canvas, like a song – that I see, then I sing. Therefore, there is a lot of fictional and really existing in the work – a steamer with bright flags, waves, a pier, a lonely lady, a frowning sailor, a washerwoman – Venus, noonday shadows on bodies and planes, heat, sea, a forgotten wooden horse, birds on the window grill and neatly tied up curtain… The theme of “Venus and the Sailor” is not subject to criticism for one simple reason – surrealism gives the right to display the world as the author wants to see it. And to take Venus such a simpleton, which was presented by her Salvador – to solve the viewer.

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