The imaginative Surrealist Salvador Dali once said, “Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dalí, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dalí.” Dalí shaped the world into his own vision so that he became the focus, and everything around him became his world. Even this painting of his signature, done on the spur of the moment as a gift, becomes a larger than life work with nods to then emerging Abstract Expressionism and the performative nature of Action painters. He created Signature de Dalí in 1955 during his televised appearance on “At Home with Tex & Jinx,” a talk show known for its dynamic interviews of popular international figures, including Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Dali’s notoriously eccentric public persona became an extension of his bizarre and striking visual art. Unconventional displays populate stories about the artist, such as paying restaurant tabs by scribbling drawings on the backs of checks, or walking an anteater on a leash in Paris. Both his art and his life embraced the surreal. This painting represents a moment of dramatic expression, capturing a burst of creative energy from the most celebrated figure of Surrealist art.