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Despite the fact that this picture is in St. Petersburg, the Russians are unlikely to see it: this town "Petersburg" is located in the United States, in the state of Florida. And the masterpiece itself is in a private collection. On many, the picture of Salvador Dali features an image of a hand.
The most famous “Hands” are “The Worker's Hand and Ants” and this is this painting, “Pangs of Conscience”. It was written by an artist - not yet great - in 1930. But one person already foresaw the future world fame of Dali - of course, “Gala”, Elena Dyakonova. This year, she abandons her first husband, Paul Eluard, and leaves to live with Dali.
It is therefore possible that the painting “Hand: remorse” indeed reflects this state of mind, which is not very characteristic of the Great Surrealist. Moreover, one of the two figures sitting on a kind of dollar sign above the border of the geometric rectangle of the “city” and the chaos of the “desert” has clearly the face of the “Gala”.
The second figure is a hand stretching out "above the desert of past feelings", most likely Dali himself, although he cannot be so identified. Dali's face in the picture is gloomy, under the color of the cloud, under which he substitutes a giant palm for his hypertrophied outstretched arm. Either he catches raindrops, or doesn’t allow him to awaken the desert in a cloud.
It is characteristic that on this canvas the “Dali” and “Gala” sitting next to each other are looking in different directions. Apparently, the picture reflected not only “remorse”, but also the artist’s long-standing fears of women, because Dali remained a virgin until he was 25 years old. But, in addition to trying to convey a confused state of the soul, this artist’s painting attracts attention with Dali’s experiments with color and geometry, which he will resort to more and more boldly in subsequent years.
The greenish-yellow desert, the caricaturely twisted character with outstretched arms, the tangible wind in the folds of his cloak, and the strict geometry of the city wall do not immediately allow you to move away from the canvas filled with deep blue.
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