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Painted in 1936, this wooden panel is one of Salvador Dali’s best-known paintings. It could be understood as a symbol of the absurdity of human existence in the modern world.
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With its dominant motifs – the drawer woman and the burning giraffe after which the painting is named – it embodies one of those fascinating dream visions that established the Spaniard’s fame as a figurehead of the Surrealists. The impression of monumentality and vastness that it evokes emanates primarily from the tall, slender female figure striding night-walkingly past in the foreground of a nocturnal landscape.
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The Masterworks series is a treasure trove of art. Each ten-minute program focuses on an individual painting, with a rich visual survey accompanied by an authoritative voice-over commentary. The selection of works, from galleries on both sides of the Atlantic, covers a broad spectrum of art from the earliest European masterpieces to contemporary works, introducing the unfamiliar and rediscovering the well-loved.
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