Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Guanche Cave
Alternate Title:
Cueva de guanches
Image View:
Detail, second register with deformed, metamorphic creatures
Creator:
Oscar Dominguez (Spanish painter, 1906-1957)
Location:
repository: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Madrid, Spain) AS10528
Location Note:
52 Santa Isabel Street
GPS:
40.408889-3.694444
Date:
1935 (creation)
Cultural Context:
Spanish
Style Period:
Twentieth century
Work Type 1:
painting (visual work)
Classification:
Paintings
Material:
oil paint on canvas
Technique:
oil painting (technique)
Measurements:
81 cm (height) x 60 cm (width)
Subjects:
abstraction
Description:
This painting, one of Óscar Domínguez’s most iconic, belonged to the poet Pedro García Cabrera, cofounder of the magazine Gaceta de Arte. It forms part of a group of compositions in which the artist nostalgically evoked his homeland, the Canary Islands. In Guanche Cave, Domínguez seems to be taking an orthodox approach to the application of Surrealist principles, organizing the composition into two clearly demarcated horizontal bands. In the upper part, which corresponds to the rational world, an angler (possibly a self-portrait) holds a fishing rod with his back to the viewer. The lower part of the canvas is filled by deformed, metamorphic creatures representing visions from the subconscious. (Source: Museo Reina Sofia [website]; https://www.museorei nasofia.es/en/)
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier:
7A1-DOMINGUEZ-SRS-GC -A02
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Guanche Cave