- Oscar Dominguez
- Autorretrato (Self-Portrait)
- signed Dominguez and dated 48 (lower right)
- oil on canvas
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
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.