SALVADOR DALI (1904-1989)
ProvenancePrivate Collection, Europe, acquired from the Artist
Christie's London: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 [Lot 00146] Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper
Private Collection, acquired from the above
ExhibitionTokyo, Prince Hotel Gallery, Salvador Dali, 8 September - 18 October, 1964
Nagoya, Prefectural Museum of Art, Salvador Dali, 23-30 October, 1964
Kyoto, Municipal Art Gallery, Salvador Dali, 3-29 November, 1964
New York, Gallery of Modern Art, Salvador Dali 1910-1965, 18 December, 1965- 28 Février, 1966
Bruges, Stichting Sin...More...t-Jan, Salvador Dali. Doeken & Aquarellen, 18 Juillet 18- 2 Novembre, 1997
Turin, Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio, Salvador Dalì, La vita è il sogno, Novembre 1996-Mars 1997
Augsburg, Römisches Museum, Dali, Mara e Beppe, Bilder einer Freundschaft, 15 Septembre – 26 Novembre, 2000
LiteratureSchauber, V., Albaretto, G., & Albaretto, M., 2000, Dalí, Mara e Beppe: Bilder Einer Freundschaft, pp. 132; 176, Römisches Museum
Ueda, T., 1964, Salvador Dali: Exhibition - Japan 1964, pp. 109, Mainichi Newspapers, Tokyo, Japan
Salvador Dalí’s impeccable draftsmanship is the fundamental reason for his remarkable breadth as an artist. His sense of line, feeling for meticulous details, and unparalleled gestural confidence allowed for complete control over the fantastical nature of his creations.
The thematic motif of Saint George, patron saint of chivalry of all Christendom, and his slaying of the dragon is an allegory of the victory of the Christian faith over the devil, sin, evil, and pagan beliefs. Dalí returned to this thematic motif repeatedly using several mediums so often that he said with great satisfaction that “while waiting for the faith that is the grace of God, I have become a hero.” Saint George’s slaying of the dragon brings to light Dalí’s relationship with Faith and as well, his troubled relationship with Catholicism.