Las Meninas is a reworking of the famous painting by Velázquez, which has influenced many artists with its play on the nature of an artist’s work. Valdés has since made Las Meninas into a modern icon, painting, drawing, and sculpting details of it over and over again. In this version, the princess and her imploring maids are removed from their seventeenth- century palace and placed in a 1960-style living room with a collection of plastic toys. Valdés and Solbes are perhaps inviting us to assign significance to the ball and the toy duck as critics have been assigning significance to every element of Velazquez’s panting over the centuries. The point is that the original enigma created by Velazquez cannot be solved by analysis, only by intuition.
Equipo Crónico - Las Meninas, 1970 (1970)