Salvador Dali Museum


Daily Hours 10:00am - 5:30pm
Thursdays 10:00am - 8:00pm

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General Admission: 18-64 $24
Seniors: 65+ $22
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Students: 18+ (with ID*) $17
Students: 13-17 $17
Children: 6-12 $10
Children: 5 and younger FREE
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After 5pm on Thu: Students: 13-17 $10
After 5pm on Thu: Children: 6-12 $8
After 5pm on Thu: Children 5 and younger FREE
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Basket of Bread

Date: 1926
Material Used: Oil on panel
Size: 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

The Basket of Bread was created when Dali was 22, during his last months at art school in Madrid. He created this work as a test for himself – to prove his technical skill as a painter by demonstrating his ability to create the intense realism achieved by his artistic role models, particularly Jan Vermeer.

The painstaking realism of The Basket of Bread was a major achievement and marked a turning point in his career. It boosted Dali’s ego and gave him a sense of mastery with traditional painting, freeing him to explore more difficult subject matter and imagery. This simple composition of bread in a straw basket on cloth is set dramatically against a dark background. Dali followed in the Spanish still-life tradition, where a domestic scene represents spiritual reflection. By saturating the objects in such a mysterious light, he transforms the composition into an object of deep contemplation.

At this early stage in his career, the artist associated bread with traditional Spanish culture; it was a staple in every kitchen. Bread would remain an important and often-repeated image in his work, evolving as a symbol over time as Dali’s interests changed.

Bread took on sexual connotations in the work of his surrealist period and spiritual connotations in the 1940s and 50s. Yet for all of the variations in the representations of bread, Dali remarked in 1945, that “this typically realistic picture is the one which has satisfied my imagination the most.”

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