Salvador Dalí

changes in great masterpieces – Vermeer “La Lettre”

1974
media
Inventory number 1475
With the concept of the suite 'Changes in Great Masterpieces' Dali proves to the audience that we only view the work but do not actually "see'' the work. Within six paintings including his own, Dali intently makes changes to the works, calling for the viewers to compare and seek out the differences. 
Each work receives a mark in form of an original lithograph that comments on the work.

"La Lettre" translates to 'The Love Letter' by Jan Vermeer (1669) which depicts a woman in yellow being handed a love letter by her servant. This love is symbolized by the lute, an instrument in the guitar family, the women is holding which represents carnal love. Lute was also a slang term for vagina which reinforces the sexual references.