SALVADOR DALÍ Y DOMENECH - Étude pour "le pagne" ou "Linge de pudeur du Christ" du tableau "Corpus Hypercubus"
SALVADOR DALÍ Y DOMENECH
Étude pour "le pagne" ou "Linge de pudeur du Christ" du tableau "Corpus Hypercubus"
Oil on canvas 19 x 24 cm Framed under glass. Monogrammed 'S.D.' in black lower right. - With an old retouched area to the lower left corner.
The present work was created as a study for the large format oil painting "Corpus Hypercubus (Crucifixion)" (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) which was completed in the same year. The work shows Christ on the Cross, observed by Dalís' wife Gala (see comparative illus.). In this detail study, the artist has concentrated on the depiction of the traditional, shortish loincloth, while only suggesting a detail of the body of Christ. The whitish cloth is loosely tied around Christ's waist cord, and its finely modelled drapery is arranged so as to cover only the pubic region.
Since the 1950s, Dalí had concentrated more and more on the subjects of religion and mysticism. In his Mystical Manifesto of 1951, Dalí wrote: "Nothing more subversive can happen to an Ex-Surrealist in 1951 than for him to become mystical and to learn to draw. […] Use the painting techniques of the Renaissance, as this was the period which established for all times the pictorial methods with the highest visual impact. The decadence of modern painting arises from scepticism and lack of faith. […] I want my next image of Christ to contain more beauty and joy than any work created before it. […] A new era of mystical painting has begun with me." (Robert Descharnes/Gilles Néret. Salvador Dalí 1904 - 1989. Das malerische Werk, vol. II, Cologne 1993, p. 456 ff.)
With a certification by Robert and Nicolas Descharnes, Paris, dated 19 October 2005. The work is registered in the Archives Descharnes under no. H-960/1086.
Formerly Colection Perrot-Moore, Cadaqués; Artcurial Paris, Vente Art Moderne, 27 June 2005, lot 78; Private collection, Rhineland
Heidelberg 1981 (Schloß Heidelberg), Salvador Dalí. Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Objekte, Skulpturen, with full-page colour illus. p. 129; Vienna/Munich 1982 (Palais Auersperg, Orangerie/Residenz, Alter Herkulessaal), Salvador Dalí. Bilder, Zeichnungen, Objekte, colour illus. no. 56