Museum Folkwang
Le pharmacien d’Ampurdan ne cherchant absolument rien
  • Salvador Dalí y Doménech
  • Le pharmacien d’Ampurdan ne cherchant absolument rien, 1936

  • The pharmacist of Ampurdan seeking absolutely nothing
  • Oil and collage on wood
  • 30 x 52 cm
  • Acquired in 1979 with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 434
  • CommentaryThe painting shows a landscape near Ampurdan, the antique Emporion. At first glance, the scenery does not appear unusual, if we were not troubled by the almost photo-realistic painting and its mysterious title. Dalí painted the strange figure of the well dressed man in the foreground using a newspaper photograph of the Austrian doctor Rudolf Eisenmenger, taken when he was presenting a heart massage device he had invented. However, the figure gains a new identity in memory of the pharmacist Alexander Deu Lofen, a friend of Dalí's, who lived in the painter's home town and who had written a book on the ›Mathematics of History‹. Like in many other of his works, Dalí goes beyond the limits of association in his placing the absurd in a veristic depiction, thus transforming it into a new reality which he called the paranoid process of thinking.
    Having trained in the Madrid Academy, the artist got to know the Valori Plastici of the so-called Pittura Metafisica and the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico in the middle of the 1920's through journals found there. In 1928/29 Dalí traveled to Paris, there meeting Picasso among others. He came under the influence of Juan Miró and maintained contacts with the group of Surrealists around André Breton.
  • Provenance1930 - 1940, Edward James
    1979, Pintura Establishment, Vaduz
  • Obj_Id: 2,952
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Le pharmacien d’Ampurdan ne cherchant absolument rien
  • Obj_Title2_S: The pharmacist of Ampurdan seeking absolutely nothing
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Le pharmacien d’Ampurdan ne cherchant absolument rien The pharmacist of Ampurdan seeking absolutely nothing Le pharmacien d’Ampurdan ne cherchant absolument rien Der Apotheker von Ampurias auf der Suche nach absolut Nichts
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1936
  • Jahr von: 1,936
  • Jahr bis: 1,936
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 434
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0434
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 30 x 52 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil and collage on wood
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil and collage on wood
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1979 with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Commentary
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The painting shows a landscape near Ampurdan, the antique Emporion. At first glance, the scenery does not appear unusual, if we were not troubled by the almost photo-realistic painting and its mysterious title. Dalí painted the strange figure of the well dressed man in the foreground using a newspaper photograph of the Austrian doctor Rudolf Eisenmenger, taken when he was presenting a heart massage device he had invented. However, the figure gains a new identity in memory of the pharmacist Alexander Deu Lofen, a friend of Dalí's, who lived in the painter's home town and who had written a book on the ›Mathematics of History‹. Like in many other of his works, Dalí goes beyond the limits of association in his placing the absurd in a veristic depiction, thus transforming it into a new reality which he called the paranoid process of thinking.
Having trained in the Madrid Academy, the artist got to know the Valori Plastici of the so-called Pittura Metafisica and the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico in the middle of the 1920's through journals found there. In 1928/29 Dalí traveled to Paris, there meeting Picasso among others. He came under the influence of Juan Miró and maintained contacts with the group of Surrealists around André Breton.