Salvador Dali is to Spanish painting what his friend Garcia Lorca is to its literature, (you could substitute 20th century). Their style of juxtaposing contradictory, sometimes startling images, their profound and beautiful appreciation and rendering of nature, make them giants in the annals of Art. Landscape with Girl Skipping Rope was painted in 1936, the year of Lorca′s death and, of course the onset of Civil War. The girl skipping rope alone in a vast near empty desert symbolizes his grief and loneliness at his friend’s passing. The figure on the right, which is difficult to see at this size, some critics say is Dali walking in the embrace of his dead brother. Dali’s brother died exactly nine months before his birth, and Dali believed for many years he was his brother’s reincarnation. In the background, storm clouds menace an archetypical Spanish Town -representative of the political turmoil in Spain.