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Dali vs Picasso

Posted on November 16, 2014

Two giants of twentieth-century art are facing off in a new exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. Titled Picasso / Dalí, Dalí / Picasso, the show, which opens on Nov. 8, pairs together works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Gathered from more than two dozen museums and private collections, the paintings, drawings, and sculptures are arranged to shed light on each painter through his connection with the other. Rhapsody spoke with the show’s curator, Hank Hine, about four points of contrast:


The show illuminates the artists’ differences by comparing how they tackled similar subjects, such as literary figures or the Spanish Civil War. For the latter, each has their signature work on the war represented in the exhibit — a charcoal study for Dalí’s Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) alongside a sketch for Picasso’s famed Guernica. Despite their very different style, both works “have a sense of agony,” says Hine.


“They had quite antithetical approaches to their art,” says Hine. Picasso would make one piece after another, simplifying and amending his treatment of the subject each time, resulting in about 10 times as many works as Dalí in a given year. Dalí was more classical in his technique, beginning with a sketch and building on that single work. “Picasso saw art growing from art, while Dalí believed it came out of tradition and imagination,” says Hine.

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