Le Couple
Date 1937
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 64 x 45 x 2 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-169
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A man is depicted standing with his back to us and a woman stands facing us. Their bodies are elongated and intertwined. Figures like this can be seen in L’Ouvre-boîtes [The Tin-Opener, 1936], Femmes aux boîtes de sardines [Women in tins of sardines, 1937], or in the illustration for Los Cantos de Maldoror by Lautréamont (1937). These distortions fuse the two bodies together. They are holding a diabolo. A veil, which conceals the couple and hides most of the sky, is pinned to the ground by two nails. This distorted image is at once absurd and poetic, and reveals Óscar Domínguez's inner turmoil; at the time at which he painted this piece, he had been completely traumatised by the Spanish Civil War. AC
Bristol Fine Arts Ltd, New York; acquired in 1999.