Friday, March 2, 2012

Portrait of My Dead Brother.

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born on May 11, 1904  in the town of Figures, in the Empordá region close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain. Dalí's older brother, also named Salvador (born October 12, 1901), had died of gastroenteritis nine months earlier, on August 1, 1903. After birth, the painter was named after his dead brother (similarly to Van Gogh).
Of his brother, Dalí said,... "(we) resembled each other like two drops of water, but we had different reflections."
In  Portrait of My Dead Brother, Dalí emulates the dot pattern seen in half-tone newspaper photographs. The face of the boy is created by a dot matrix, a technique that was widely used in the  Pop Art period of the Sixties. 

Beneath the boy is a miniature depiction of Millet´s The Angelus. Dalí believed that trough an X-ray of The Angelus, it would be proved that the basket over with the couple are praying was initially the coffin for  a child. Salvador Dalí was fascinated by this work, and wrote and analysis for it. The Tragic Myth of The Angelus of Millet.

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