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The scene depicts a path lined on both sides by olive orchards leading from Cadaques to the neighboring fishing village of Port Lligat, where Dali would later settle. In the distance the lighthouse and rocks of Cap Creus are visible. The Lane to Port Lligat with View of Cap Creus has a heavy, expressive brushstroke, which reminds viewers of Vincent van Gogh's paintings. Dali exhibited the painting with the Associacio Catalana d'Estudiants in 1922. Of the 134 works presented at the Galeries Dalmau in Barcelona, Dali's entries were singled out for special praise. One critic wrote:
This young artist has already been noticed in these pages as an outstandingly talented new Catalan painter. Here in the Emporda we have been watching the development of this precocious artist, who finds his subject-matter in the natural beauty of the landscape surrounding Cadaques and Cap Creus. His truly personal artistic vision is abundantly clear in the manner in which he has treated these luminous inlets, finding just the right colour for the time of day and allowing it to impregnate the canvas with sensitivity. . . . The young Dali is following a path which is sure to lead him to great success.