Controversial 'Dali drawings' to be verified

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9 February 2004, BARCELONA - A small museum near Barcelona claimed Monday it had found two drawings that could be the work of Salvador Dali.

9 February 2004

BARCELONA - A small museum near Barcelona claimed Monday it had found two drawings that could be the work of Salvador Dali.

The Museo de Mataro is to send the two drawings to the Foundation Salvador Dali in Figueras, near Girona, Catalonia, for experts to verify if they are the real thing.

But some experts and critics doubt that the drawings are real works of the famous Surrealist, despite them being signed by Dali

The centenary of Dali's birth is being celebrated throughout Spain with a series of exhibitions of his work.

Dali is notorious for supposedly signing blank canvasses which were later used by lesser painters to do copies of his works and sold.

The drawings are of two controversial portraits. One is of the judge of Figueras Josep Puig I Pujades, who poses with one hand in his pocket and the other on a book. The other drawing is of Pep Ventura, a Catalan dancer, who was identified by art critic Rafael Santos Torroella. Before, it was thought one of the portraits might be Dali's father.

Torroella had for years doubted the authenticity of these works.

Maria Angels Soler, spokeswoman for the Museo de Mataro, said: "The signature on these drawings was never suspicious.

"But the doubts of the experts Sanchez Torroella, particularly about one of the works and the proximity of the celebrations of Dali's centenary, made us send them to Figueras for verification."

Another element that casts doubt on their authenticity is the date when they were said to have been drawn — 1928.

At that time, Dali was not a recognised painter and could have dedicated these portraits to people he knew in his circle. 

The paintings were on show at the museum since the 1980s but were moved during reconstruction work. Later they will return to be shown in April, by which time the process of verification should be complete.

"If they are Dalis or pure imitations, the two drawings will be shown in the museum to celebrate this centenary year of the Surrealist with an explanation of their history," said Soler.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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