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Signed Oil Painting - Haunting Scene at Twilight, 1961

Signed T superimposed over R followed by "ripp" & dated 1961 on lower right. A dream-like, fantasy-inspired painting, clearly inspired by the great Salvador Dali who was a pioneer of what is known as Naturalistic Surrealism - a branch of Surrealism in which recognizable forms and scenes are transformed into a dreamscape or even a nightmare. The painting presents a haunting scene set at twilight with most of the inhabitants presented in the upper quarter of the composition: an eerie, empty boat at the right; a standing figure holding a spear in one hand and leaning against a tree trunk with the other in the middle distance to the left; and a kneeling figure before a massive iceberg beyond and to the right. Meanwhile, the remaining long expanse of blue waters is solely occupied by a few stone-like masses. This piece aspires to bring humankind's outer and inner "realities" together in the same way that seemingly disparate scenes are united in vivid dreams. Size: 35.75" L x 15" W (90.8 cm x 38.1 cm); 37.625" L x 16.5" W (95.6 cm x 41.9 cm) including frame.

The empty space of this painting conjures Dali's haunting barren landscape in "The Persistence of Memory" (1931). In addition, every detail of this dreamscape is rendered with absolute precision and control in an effort to make the world of the painting as real as the natural world - to make the irrational somehow palpable and concretely real. Dali famously stated that his art aimed "to materialize the images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialistic fury of precision … in order that the world of imagination and of concrete irrationality may be as objectively evident … as that of the exterior world of phenomenal reality." This painting clearly aspires to that same goal.

Condition: Minor perforations and tears to gallery paper/backing on verso that do not interfere with the painted composition. Slight stains and scuffs to the composition and surface wear to frame as shown. Otherwise excellent. Signed

Provenance: private Honolulu, Hawaii, USA collection

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