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Salvador Dali painted the painting “Duck” in 1918, when he was 14 years old. By his age, Dali painted as a mature artist. The duck in the picture is depicted in a manner unusual for Dali, as a mature artist.
The picture shows a duck, most likely cooked for sale or for further cooking. Dali, having already grown up, tried himself in different styles, but his early work, “Duck,” was completely different from them.
The duck is depicted realistically, it hangs with tied legs and is waiting for its fate. Her eyes are closed, her wings are carelessly spread out to the sides, and the tail is lowered. In this duck, the artist fairly accurately and vividly depicted plumage. Each feather can be examined and imagined how, in life, this duck swam across a clean pond, fingering the water surface with its paws, and cleaned its shiny feathers with a large beak. Now you will not envy her fate. She will become someone lunch.
The background of the picture is plain and unremarkable. The viewer's attention is attracted only to the main character of the picture - the duck herself. The duck’s head rests on a piece of white paper or napkin. The bends of a white piece of paper or napkin are difficult to determine to one or the other.
Most likely, the duck in this position recently, the white surface of the leaf is completely clean.
The brown and green tones used in the picture interestingly turn one into the other. The tied paws and the head lying on the table, upon closer examination, are unclear whether the duck is hanging or leaning against the wall.
It is hard to imagine that a 14-year-old boy could have painted this picture. The work was done professionally, and is not at all like the late, already mature works of the surrealist artist. Not every fan of Salvador Dali’s work will be able to identify his brush in “Duck”. A duck is the work of an already experienced artist, but who has not yet revealed himself to the end.
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