Lot 345
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Oscar Dominguez

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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  • Oscar Dominguez
  • Autorretrato (Self-Portrait)
  • signed Dominguez and dated 48 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas


Private Collection, Belgium (sale: Loudmer Scp, Paris, 18th February 1990, lot 177)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


Patrick Waldberg, Demeures d'hypnose, Paris, 1976, illustrated p. 336

Catalogue Note

Born in the Canary Islands, Oscar Domínguez began to paint at an early age and was known as the 'Surrealist painter of the islands'. A year after his first exhibition in Tenerife in 1933, he decided to settle in Paris and was instantly welcomed at the Café Cyrano, meeting place of the Surrealists. The artist's maverick creativity and astonishing painterly inventiveness attracted great interest, and very quickly he gained a privileged position within the group, working closely with some of the most important Surrealist artists.

Throughout his life Domínguez’s work underwent many transformations, from his early Surrealist canvases, through the experiments with decalcomania, to the stark linearity of his late works. Painted in 1948, Autorretrato (Self-Portrait) exemplifies the developments that took place within his work during and directly after the war years, when he was increasingly influenced by Picasso in particular. Both witty and fantastical in its utilisation of a giant crab as a means of self-expression, the present work challenges the viewer to see the familiar in a new and entirely unexpected way, and stands as a superb example of Domínguez’s surreal and utterly distinctive artistic language.