La Jorneta (paisaje de Cadaqués) (La Jorneta [Landscape in Cadaqués])

Salvador Dalí

Figueras, Girona, Spain, 1904 - 1989
  • Date: 
    1923 (circa)
  • Technique: 
    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 
    69 x 59 cm
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  • Salvador Dalí Bequest, 1990

In 1922 Salvador Dalí was studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, and was frequently at the Residencia de Estudiantes. After being accused of starting a student rebellion, he was expelled from the Academy and returned to Figueras. Back in his homeland, he did a series of landscapes, such as La Jorneta (paisaje de Cadaqués) (La Jorneta [Landscape in Cadaqués]), which illustrate his mastery as a landscape artist.
The work is by a young Dalí who was yet to visit Paris, but who had already assimilated all the advances made by the avant-garde, thanks to his insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge. La Jorneta (paisaje de Cadaqués) clearly shows Dalí’s admiration for Cubism, which the artist himself claims to have learnt from Juan Gris, which certainly seems true judging by the tones and compositional synthesis that mark the painting. In his writings, Dalí stressed that at the time he was the only artist using Cubism in Madrid, and demanded that his tutors provide precise knowledge of perspective, draughtsmanship and colour.

Paloma Esteban Leal