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CARMEN – LA CROTALOS 2017-07-17T10:03:31+00:00

Project Description

CARMEN (aka “CARMEN LA CROTALOS”)   –   Sculpture by Salvador Dali

Carmen (aka “Carmen la Crotalos”)

“Carmen is more of a type than an archetype, instead of a human being, it has become a complex conglomerate of contradictory personalities; the sensual symbol of love and death.”  Jose M. Iribarten

 Beautiful Spaniard woman archetype performing a Flamenco dance.  Carmen is depicted as the beautiful and wild gypsy, dancing to the sound of the castanets which she holds between her fingers, seducing the watcher in the same way Merimée’s heroine seduced all men around her.

Prosper Merimée said of his leading character in Carmen that she spoke Basque and exerted a maddening effect on men that eventually lead her to destruction. This novel, published in 1845, quickly became the stereotype of Spanish women: free, fiery, superstitious, proud and wild, provoking uproar in the society of the time which demanded the exact opposite of women: virtue and maternity, laboriousness, obedience and submission.

 

“Crótalo

Crótalo

Crótalo

Escarabajo sonoro

 

En la araña

de la mano

rizas el aire 

cálido

y te ahogas en tu trino

de palo

 

Crótalo

Crótalo

Crótalo

Escarabajo sonoro.”

”Crótalo”, Seis Caprichos del Cante Jondo, Federico García Lorca (1921)

[Rattlesnake/Rattlesnake/Rattlesnake/noisy beetle//In the spider/of the hand/your curl the air/warm/and you drown your singing/of stick//Rattlesnake/Rattlesnake/Rattlesnake/noisy beetle]

Technical Description

Original title:  “La Crótalos” (aka “Carmen La Crótalos”)

Created by Salvador Dali in 1974

Original media:  modelled wax

Original size:  20cm (7.8 in)

Port Lligat Collection of Salvador Dali Sculptures

Obra Contemporanea Editor

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Photo 1.

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Photo 2.

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Port Lligat, September 1958.  La Chunga, a flamenco dancer, transfers her footsteps to a canvas started by Dali. @Descharnes&Descharnes,.