Minneapolis Institute of Art
Time and Interactivity
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Friday, November 7th 2008
Portrait of Juan de Pareja, the Assistant to Velázquez
By: Salvador Dali
I took interest into this painting because during my senior year of high school in my Spanish class we studied Dali. This painting was painted with regards to the famous Spanish painter Velázquez. One of Velázquez’ most famous paintings was actually mirrored in this masterpiece by Dali. Las Meninas, Velázquez painting, is shown in Dali’s work by showing the palace in the doorway and a profile of Valásquez himself. Although all is not apparent to the common eye, it is there. Dali is one of my favorite artists because of his unique style so this artwork really caught my attention for a variety of reasons. Dali’s use of surrealism really makes the painting a marvelous thing. Dali used various elements perfectly to create an image like none other. Dali’s impressive admiration of past artists is truly unique considering most of the surrealists of the time disconcerted the influence of the past.
By: Chuck Close
Chuck’s use of amazing detail definitely prevails in this work of art. The painting is of a mans face copied from a photograph. But the surprising this is that the painting is 9 feet tall by 7 feet wide. The fine details of the painting are truly remarkable. The painting is the main focus in a rectangular white room and it takes up one whole wall. You look up and admire the sheer size of the painting then just awe at its attention to detail. Up close and personal you can see each facial hair and pores individually. Since the work of art is in black, white, and shades of gray, it really adds another dimension to the art rather than detracting from it. Because of the lack of color it makes the visual impact of the individual elements quite unique. This is definitely one extraordinary work of ‘modern’ art.