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Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope

Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope

Salvador Dalí (in 1936)

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  • Patrick asked

    Waarom is dit een drieluik?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dag Patrick, een drieluik is een schilderij dat uit drie delen bestaat. Altaarstukken in kerken zijn vaak drieluiken, de zijdelen kunnen dan met behulp van scharnieren dichtgeklapt worden, net als een luik voor een raam. Dit werk kan niet dichtgeklapt worden maar bestaat wel uit drie delen en wordt daarom een drieluik genoemd. Hartelijke groeten, Rianne

  • Natalia asked

    Hello, i visited the museum in Saturday and I can seem to find the quote by Dali that is next to his painting: landscape with the girl in the rope. I was wondering if you could briefly remind me what this quote was!

    Thank you so much, your museum is beautiful

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    'I try to create fantastic things, things like in a dream. The world needs more fantasy. Our civilization is too mechanical. We can make the fantastic real, and then it is more real than that which actually exists.' Salvador Dalí, 1940

  • Desiree asked

    Do you know if this triptych was originally conceived as a paravent, thus serving as a piece of furniture? Where exactly did Edward James display it in his house? Many thanks

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Desiree, thanks for this interesting question! No, it has never been used as a paravent. It was painted for Edward James' Monkton House and got damaged during WWII, after which it was transferred to West Dean. There, only the central panel was hung, the side panels were given on loan to the Tate. All the best, Saskia van Kampen-Prein

  • Ailsa asked

    Hi, I've just seen the Landscape with a girl skipping rope in Edinburgh. Could you tell me the dimensions? It's very impressive! Thanks, Ailsa.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Ailsa, you can find the dimensions on the object page of Collection Boijmans Online, under specifications. Link: http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/object/4230 Great to hear you liked the work, we also love it! Best, Rianne

  • Alyssa asked

    What was Salvador's main idea behind this painting. What is the story behind it?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Alyssa, you find some specific information on this painting on the object page on Collection Boijmans Online: http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/object/4230. Furthermore, you can find more info on surrealism here: http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/in-depth/surrealism, and here: http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/in-depth/madaboutsurrealism. Best, Rianne

  • rose asked

    Is the frame around the painting "Girl Skipping Rope" the original frame?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Rose, the frame on the outsides of the side panels is original, the rest of the frame has been constructed recently. It was clear that part of the frame was missing, but unfortunately we don't know exactly what the original state was. We therefore had to construct a reasonable facsimile of the frame. Best, Rianne

  • Max Tieland asked

    Hoe groot is dit doek?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Beste Max, de afmetingen vind je onder specificaties op de objectpagina op Collectie Boijmans Online! Groeten Rianne

  • Aaron asked

    I am writing a paper for my university course and was interested to know what methods or devices were used in the restoration of this painting.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Aaron, we have made an in depth video discussing the restauration process. You can find it on the object page on our online collection (under the tab Photo & Video). There's also an exhibition website on the public restauration (in Dutch) in which the different steps of the process are outlined: https://www.boijmans.nl/tentoonstellingen/openbare-restauratie-schilderij-dali. If next to this, you need more detailed info, please let me know. Best, Rianne Schoonderbeek (schoonderbeek@boijmans.nl)

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Dalí made this triptych for the house of Edward James, the eccentric Englishman who supported him financially. The girl with a skipping rope symbolises a happy childhood memory. Her form is echoed by that of the bell in the tower. The figures on the right, one half skinned, could be Dalí and his dead older brother after whom he was named.

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Title Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 293 cm
Width 280 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Salvador Dalí
Accession number 2937 a-c (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1977
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1977
Age artist About 32 years old
Collector Collector / Edward James
Exhibitions Openbare restauratie schilderij Dalí (2010)
Een paraplu, een naaimachine en een ontleedtafel. Surrealisme à la Dalí in Rotterdam. (2013)
Gek van surrealisme (2017)
External exhibitions Surreal Encounters - Collecting the Marvellous (2016)
Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte... (2016)
Dal nulla al sogno (2018)
Dalí (2012)
Material
Object
Geographical origin Spain > Southern Europe > Europe

Author: Marijke Peyser

Viewers’ first response to this painting is usually surprise at its huge size – almost three metres high and more than four metres wide – and its triptych form. And then there is the great emptiness that focuses all the attention on the frail little figure in the centre: Carolina Barnadas Ferrés. Carolina, known as Carolinetta, was the unmarried daughter of the sister of Salvador Dalí’s grandmother Carolina. Carolinetta died of meningitis on 22 December 1914 at the age of thirty-four.[1] The telegram announcing her death was read out to the family during dinner by Dalí’s father, a notary in Figueres. Dalí’s grandmother was heartbroken. The ten-year-old Dalí, however, went on eating impassively.[2] It was only later, in the 1930s, that the artist came to terms with the loss of this beloved member of the family in numerous paintings and drawings of a frail, romantically dressed woman with a skipping-rope.[3]

On the centre panel Dalí depicted a chapel in a building style typical of Catalonia. At the same time this structure calls to mind the little temple in The Marriage of the Virgin (1504), a painting by the Italian master Raphael whom Dalí so admired. The church bell echoes the silhouette of the girl skipping. The two towers on the left of the church allude to Dalí’s discovery that the church towers of Gerona and Delft resembled one another.[4] In the background of the left shutter is the little town of Cadaqués. Two half-naked stooping figures wandering across the desolate plain on the right may be an allusion to the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

Dalí probably met the immensely wealthy English art lover and patron Edward James in the summer of 1933.[5] In 1936 James had a contract drawn up giving him the rights to all the works Dalí made between 1 July 1936 and 1 July 1938. Dalí and James signed the agreement on 21 December 1936, although the conditions did not take effect until 1 June 1937.[6] Nevertheless this large triptych, painted in 1936, is part of the output from that period.

Initially the triptych hung at 35 Wimpole Street, James’s London residence. During the Second World War a bomb fell on the roof of the house and damaged the middle section of the triptych.[7] This canvas was immediately transferred to James’s country house in Sussex. The two side panels are part of a group of twenty works from James’s collection that were loaned to the Tate Gallery (now the Tate) on 27 August 1958. At the end of June 1972 these works left this museum and were restored by Holder & Sons in London.[8] Some months later the restored side panels were taken to Sussex, where the three canvases were reunited. On 27 October 1972 the triptych arrived in Rotterdam as a long-term loan. Its purchase followed five years later.

 

Footnotes

[1] Gibson 1997b, pp. 82-83.

[2] Stuttgart/Zurich 1989, p. 136.

[3] Écho nostalgique (1935), Banlieue de la ville paranoïaque-critique (1935); Paysage païen moyen (1937).

[4] Stuttgart/Zurich 1989, p. 170: Dalí was also an admirer of Johannes Vermeer. He portrayed him several times: Eléments énigmatiques dans un paysage (1934), Le spectre de Vermeer pouvant être utilisé comme table (c. 1934), Spectre de Vermeer de Delft (c. 1934), Le spectre de Vermeer de Delft (c. 1934), Apparition de la ville de Delft (c. 1936).

[5] Gibson 1997b, p. 383.

[6] Ibid., p. 417 and Peyser-Verhaar 2008, see pp. 158-59 for Dalí’s obligations.

[7] The Edward James Foundation has a letter dating from 1961, from James to his secretary in Sussex, in which he says that the middle panel was damaged when a bomb ‘knocked off’ the roof of his house at 35 Wimpole Street London. See MBVB Archives, Dalí object file, Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope.

[8] Email from Christopher Bastock, Tate Library & Archive, dated 14 May 2010. See MBVB Archives, Dalí object file, Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope.

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