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The Llané beach in Cadaqués (1921)
La plage du Llané
Analysis: From his earliest childhood Dali spent his vacations in Cadaqués. When we compare this landscape with another work painted at the same time, “The Bathers on Llané Beach”, we feel the voluptuousness of a summer beside the Mediterranean Sea. Here the artist has painted the Llané beach in front of the family home, during the bathing hour. In the foreground his family, his aunt “la Tieta,” and his sister, Ana-Maria, with some friends, the Salleras, are just returning from Mass. One of the family boats – the Dalis had two, Nebuchadnezzar and Wilson, the latter so named because at that time Salvador’s father greatly admired the president of the United States – is still pulled up on the sandy beach, awaiting the afternoon boat ride. Dali remembers the houses with dry-stone walls which have since been torn down and the last rocky promontory, “la Punta den pampa, where one could see in the distance the village boys come to bathe in the nude. At noon this point was flesh pink.” His sister, Ana-Maria, recalls that he had asked the group to pose in the landscape for a moment so that he could put the figures in the proper places on the canvas then and there, in oil, without a preliminary pencil sketch, working out the whole later in his studio. This canvas should be classed in the period when Dali was using the pointillistic technique of Seurat.