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The study "Honey is sweeter than blood" refers to the early period of Salvador Dali. The artist is just beginning his surrealistic experiments. In particular, the described sketch a number of art historians relate to pre-surrealism.
In the works of Dali of that era, the influence of the poet Lorca and other close friends is noticeable.
The later period of 1926-28 was called “the years of Lorca”. Lorca is also in the picture - in the form of a head half immersed in sand.
The picture is typical for the work of Dali in the second half of the twenties. To imagine that period, it is enough to recall the famous eye that was cut with a razor in their joint work with film director Louis Bunuel.
No, there is no open eye in the picture. The eyes themselves are. There are many more. Severed heads, arms, legs, female mannequin, flies clinging to a dead donkey.
The shore, dotted with certain objects, vaguely reminiscent of arrows.
Dali is in search. The so-called "Lorkovskie" paintings are characteristic of the early period of his work, and practically do not occur several decades later. They became a turning point in the work of the artist.
Like many paintings gave, the canvas "Honey is sweeter than blood" has several names. Initially, this picture was called "Forest of devices." The name was proposed by Lorca. After some time, the picture received a name, by which it is known now.
This canvas was first shown at an exhibition in Barcelona in 1927 and was immediately acquired by the Duchess of Lerma. Dali considered the picture as the main one in the series, which also included "Particles of Ash."
Fifteen years later, Dali returned to this name. The painting, written in the midst of World War II, depicts a naked woman half-covered by clouds, and in the background is a centaur. This is a completely different Dali.