This is one of the works that was exhibited when Dali put on his first solo exhibition, at Barcelona’s Dalmau Gallery in the fall of 1925. At that time, Dali was a 21-year-old art student at Madrid’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. This piece likely features the balcony of a hotel looking out at the Mediterranean Sea. Venus is standing like a Greek sculpture embraced by a silhouetted sailor. In the portrayal of the harbor, boats, clouds, and Venus and the sailor, influences such as metaphysical painting, futurism and cubism are visible. This is of great interest as a monument to Dali’s youth, before the advent of surrealism.
Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
1904-1989 Spanish artist. A genius of the surrealist movement who produced a peculiar mood in his paintings, influenced by revelations from Freud’s psychoanalysis of dreams.