The provocatively titled The Weaning of Furniture-Nutrition is a surreal meditation on the word “weaning.” The woman is Dalí's childhood nurse, Llucia, who “weaned” the young Dalí from his mother. Dalí has metaphorically “weaned” Llucia out of her familiar environment, for she is no longer a nurse in his childhood Figueres. Instead, Dalí has posed her as a “net mender” in Port Lligat. In this fishing village, the women mend the torn fishing nets.
Dalí takes the “weaning” metaphor one step further. As a child, Dalí associated his night table and bottle with his nurse and saw them as an intrinsic part of her being. So in this work he “weaned” them physically out of her body, suggesting that his nurse and these inanimate objects were two parts of the same identity, the furniture fitting in a rectangular hole carved in her back. Their removal creates a void that requires a crutch, Dalí’s symbol of death and impotence. In this painting, the crutch takes on a new meaning and becomes a symbol of solemnity rather than a prop of any kind.
1934, Barcelona, Galeries d'Art Catalònia, “Salvador Dalí”
1934, New York, Julien Levy Gallery, “Dali”
1936, London, Alex, Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., “Salvador Dali”
1941, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, “Salvador Dalí”
1954, Roma, Sale dell'Aurora Pallavicini, “Mostra di quadri disegni ed oreficerie di Salvador Dalí”
1954, Venice, “Mostra di quadri disegni ed oreficerie di Salvador Dalí”
1954, Milan, “Mostra di quadri disegni ed oreficerie di Salvador Dalí”
1958, New York, The Sidney Janis Gallery, “10th Anniversary Exhibition”
1965, New York, Gallery of Modern Art, “Salvador Dalí, 1910-1965”
1975, New York, Knoedler Gallery, "Surrealism in Art"
1973, New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, “25 Years of Janis”
2004, Venezia, Palazzo Grassi, "Dali Retrospective"
2005, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Dali Retrospective"
2005, Albuquerque, The Albuquerque Museum, “Picasso to Plensa : a century of art from Spain = De Picasso a Plensa : un siglo de arte de España”
2006, St. Petersburg, Salvador Dalí Museum, "Picasso to Plensa : a Century of Art from Spain"
2006, Tokyo, Ueno Royal Museum, “Dalí Centennial Retrospective”
2018, Dallas, Meadows Museum, "Dali: Poetics of the Small 1929-1936"
2018, St. Petersburg, The Dalí Museum, "Magritte and Dalí"