©Salvador Dali - Mural Painting for Helena Rubinstein, panel 3 1942

Mural Painting for Helena Rubinstein, panel 3 1942
Mural Painting for Helena Rubinstein, panel 3
1942 251x224cm oil/canvas
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama

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From Yokohama Museum of Art :
Commissioned by Helena Rubinstein, who made a fortune in the cosmetics business, Dalí, who was in the United States during World War II, created this triptych work as a decorative mural. Following the tradition of allegorical landscape painting that compares one’s lifetime to a time of a day, the image represents the departure of young Rubinstein as “Dawn,” her successful career as “Heroic Noon,” and her old age, a stage to which she, then 71 years old, was entering, as the “Evening.” Arranging birds and clouds to compose a human face, Dalí combined a portrait and landscape into one in each panel with his distinctive method of a double image. As the figure in the central panel resembles an illustration in an alchemy book that A. Breton appreciated, it may allude to something other than a simple praise of Rubinstein.
(NAKAMURA Naoaki)