The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table

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The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table
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Artist Salvador Dalí
Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions18.1 cm× 13.97 cm(7.13 in× 5.5 in)
Location Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table is a small Surrealist oil painting by Salvador Dalí. Its full title is The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used as a Table (Phenomenologic Theory of Furniture-Nutrition). [1] It makes reference to The Art of Painting by Johannes Vermeer, a famous seventeenth-century work in which a painter, thought to be a self-portrait of Vermeer, is depicted with his back to us, in distinctive costume. [2] It is one of a number of paintings expressive of Dalí's enormous admiration for Vermeer.

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<i>The Art of Painting</i> painting by Johannes Vermeer in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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Vermeer is represented as a dark spindly figure in a kneeling position. The figure’s outstretched leg serves as a table top surface, on which sits a bottle and a small glass. This leg tapers to a baluster-like stub; there is a shoe nearby. The walls and the distant views of the mountains are based on real views near Dalí's home in Port Lligat. [3] In Vermeer's painting the artist leans on a maulstick, and his hand is painted with an unusual blurriness, perhaps to indicate movement. In Dalí's painting Vermeer rests the same arm on a crutch.

Maulstick long stick with balled end, used with easel for painting

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It is unsigned and undated but known to have been completed c.1934. [4] It is currently on display at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, on loan from the E. and A. Reynolds Morse collection.

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Detail of Vermeer's The Art of Painting showing the painter at his easel using a maulstick. Johannes Vermeer - The Art of Painting (detail) - WGA24677.jpg
Detail of Vermeer's The Art of Painting showing the painter at his easel using a maulstick.

Around 1934, Dalí produced several other works inspired by The Art of Painting:

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Dalí revered Vermeer, and also drew several times on his The Lacemaker, for instance in Paranoiac-Critical Study of Vermeer's Lacemaker. [6] Dali also painted a copy of The Lacemaker on commission from collector Robert Lehman. The Ghost of Vermeer should also be seen in the context of his other reworkings of historic paintings, such as several works inspired by Millet's Angelus. Images of anthropomorphic furniture as well as crutch-like objects are common in this period of his career.

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