0024-The Vilabertran church tower (1918)

Oil on canvas, 32,4 x 41,6 cm Private collection

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The Vilabertran church tower (1918)
Le clocher de Vilabertran

Analysis: This painting is the one of the simple village church of Vilabertran. Vilabertran is a small Spanish village that lies to the east of Figueras, the town where Dalí spent his childhood. The village is renowned for the Augustine monastery that was built there in the twelfth century. Although undated, the painting has been signed by Dalí in orange paint, in the bottom right corner. In 1920, Dalí painted another view of Vilabertran, that of the lake; this painting shares a similar style with The Vilabertran Church Tower.
The oil in this painting has been intensely and liberally applied, the patterns and strokes of the brush are clearly visible. For the water, downward strokes have been used to insinuate the reflection of the trees that line the bank of the river. Within the trees, the energetic brushmarks give an effect of movement and of dense foliage. The concentrated use of the color orange, seen around the trees and the lake, is reminiscent of the Neo-Impressionist painting, Portrait of the Violoncellist Ricardo Pichot. As with this portrait, the use of orange creates the illusion of a balmy late-summer afternoon light.
Source: dali-gallery.com