New book about Dalí's painting Neocubist Academy
The new book Dalí: Acadèmia neocubista i altres obres (Neocubist Academy and other artworks), by Jordi Falgàs (La Tallada d’Empordà, Girona, Catalonia, 1964), is the third volume in the collection Monographs of the MDM, published by Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat (PAM). On this occasion, the protagonist is the picture Neocubist Academy (1926), by Salvador Dalí, which has been studied by Dalí’s renowned specialist Dr Jordi Falgàs, Art Historian and member of the Advisory Council of the Museum of Montserrat.
This work was donated to the Museum in 1998 by Josefina Cusí, and in 2005, when she died, 21 more drawings by the Catalan artist arrived, which were also owned by Mrs. Cusí.
“Many specialists in Dalí’s work who have studied the painting suggest that the Neocubist Academy is a self-portrait of the artist; it is a celebration of the masculine torso, of the academic beauty ", says Jordi Falgàs. “But Dalí, from the lessons of this Academy, demonstrates how to create a new pictorial language that goes beyond Cubism”, he adds.
The Neocubist Academy is the main chapter in Dalí’s evolution as a painter who made himself known in Catalonia at that time and even internationally. Shortly after he was already known in Madrid and in the surrealist circle of Paris. “This painting is one of his great contributions to avant-garde art”, says Falgàs.
In the book, Jordi Falgàs also reviews the 21 drawings of the donation of Josefina Cusí, in memory of his father, the pharmacist Joaquim Cusí. “They represent all the potential that Dalí had as a draftsman and as a sponge of all the influences of that moment, from the painting of Noucentisme by Suñer and Togores to Picasso, through purism and avant-garde painting in Europe”, believes the author of book.
The eight chapters of the book are: How Dalí’s works came to Montserrat, by Fr. Josep de C. Laplana, director of the Museum; and, on the part of Jordi Falgàs, Provocative, captivating, popular; From Figueres to Portlligat, in a surrealist dream; The “unsuspected roads” of the Neocubist Academy; Dalí’s drawings at the Museum of Montserrat and Catalogue of drawings. Finally, the author cites the exhibitions of Dalí’s works of the Montserrat Museum and the essential bibliography.
The collection Monographs of the MDM publishes in small format (11.5 x 16.5 cm) works related to the Museum of Montserrat, studies of its archaeological and artistic materials with a view to a popular public but well versed in this field. The other two volumes of this collection are El venedor de tapissos de Marià Fortuny, by Fr. Josep de C. Laplana, and San Jerónimo penitente de Caravaggio, by Artur Ramon. All three are published in Catalan and only the one dedicated to Caravaggio has a Spanish version. There’s no English version of the books yet.
The presentation of the new book will be on February 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona (c/ Arcs 5, Barcelona).