In The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can be Used as a Table
, Vermeer is represented as a dark spindly figure in a kneeling position. The figure's outstretched leg serves as a table top surface, on which sits a
bottle and a small glass. The painting dimension is 18.1 cm × 13.97 cm.
The painting makes reference to The Art of Painting by Vermeer
, a famous seventeenth-century work in which a painter, thought to be a self-portrait of Vermeer, is depicted
with his back to us, in distinctive costume. It is one of a number of paintings expressive of Dali's enormous admiration for Vermeer.
In addition to the painstaking technique that makes this tiny work glow from within, just like the delicately painted works of the Flemish Master, Dali has given it an obvious surrealist twist with the gross and amusing
elongation of the man's leg - which, as the title tells us, has now also conveniently become a table! A bottle of wine and glass await guests.