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This self portrait was painted when Dali was seventeen. The audio guide informed me that Dali had emulated the great artists Rembrandt and Velasquez before he found his own surrealistic style. According to Dali, an artist must first copy the greats of the past before finding his/her own style into the future.
Of course, Dali’s style changed tremendously from that of this portrait but it made me think how in my own writing I have often been influenced by great writers, from Virginia Woolf to Alice Munro to James M. Cain to name just a few.
I am still being influenced. These days I lean on Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.
Is it coincidental or serendipity that The Goldfinch is based on a painting by Carel Fabritius, a student of Rembrandt?
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