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Dali's Sculptures Preview

29/3/2016

Dali's Sculptures Private Preview

Date: 11-15 April, 2016

Time: 10am - 6pm

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Profile of Time

PROFILE OF TIME

Technique: lost wax process

Year: 1977-1984

Material: bronze

Height: 51 cm

Patina: green

Edition Size: 350 + 35 EA

 

This sculpture echoes Dalí's famous 1931 painting ‘The Persistence of Memory’ in which the famous melted watch appeared for the first time.  As the watch liquefies over the tree, it forms into a human profile, underlining the interminable relationship between man and time.  The unexpected softness of the watch also represents the psychological aspect whereby time, whilst considered to be precise and fixed in its nature, can, in fact, vary significantly in human perception. All men must bend to the passing of time. We see Dalí’s profile in the face of the clock.  There is a tear falling from his eye, lamenting the path of life that all men must travel.

 

 

Dalinian Dancer

DALINIAN DANCER

Technique: lost wax process

Year: 1949-1984

Material: bronze

Height: 40.5 cm excluding marble base

Patina: blue

Edition Size: 350 + 35 EA

 

Inspired by her own inner force, this vibrant dancer moves to the intense and passionate rhythms of the Spanish flamenco. Dalí was fascinated with the art and spirit of dance, especially that of the flamenco, emblematic of his homeland, and known for exploring the full range of human emotions. The dancer's skirts twirl around her in a spontaneous display of vitality and ecstasy.

 

Homage to Newton

HOMAGE TO NEWTON 

Technique: lost wax process

Year:1980

Material: bronze

Height: 35 cm

Patina: brown

Edition Size: 350 + 35 EA

 

Dalí honours and commends Newton for his discovery of the law of gravity, symbolised by the famed falling apple, represented here by a sphere of metal attached to a line, thus losing its impermanence as well as its capacity for regeneration.  Dalí was so enamored with this image that when the King of Spain dedicated a large plaza in Madrid to him in May of 1986, he created a large monument of Newton for the plaza.

 

 

Horse saddled with Time jpg

HORSE SADDLED WITH TIME

Technique: lost wax process

Year: 1980

Material: bronze

Height: 44 cm

Patina: brown

Edition Size: 350 + 35 EA

 

In ‘La Vie Secrete’, Dalí's autobiography published in 1942, the artist stated "The mechanical object was to become my worst enemy, and as for watches, they would have to be soft, or not be at all!”  This theme is evident in his sculpture Horse Saddled with Time.  The horse, one of the most famous Dalínian images, is saddled with time: it is time which controls of all of man’s passage.  Man believes he is in control of the voyage, but it is always “time” who is the ultimate rider. The horse is admired for its beauty and perpetuity, it is portrayed as the symbol of man’s fleeting voyage through life. 

 

Surrealist Piano

SURREALIST PIANO

Technique: lost wax process

Year: 1954 - 1984

Material: bronze

Height: 60 cm excluding marble base

Patina: black

Edition Size: 350 + 35 EA

 

The Surrealist Piano is one of Dalí's major iconoclastic symbols.  The artist has chosen to transform the banal wooden legs of a piano, replacing them with dancing female legs, thus creating an animate, joyous instrument that can dance as well as play.  Dalí often blurred the lines between the real and surreal worlds, taking an inert and lifeless object, and, with a wave of his magic surrealist wand, created an entirely new fantasmagorical happening.

 

Triumphant Elephant

TRIUMPHANT ELEPHANT

Technique: lost wax process

Year: 1974-1984

Material: bronze

Height: 53 cm

Patina: green

Edition Size: 350 + 35 EA

 

The elephant, Dalí’s iconoclastic symbol of the future and one of his favourite images, is often depicted atop mosquito-like legs, emphasising the contrast between robustness and fragility, much like the contrast between the past and modernity.  The animal’s jewelled saddle symbolises wealth, and the dawn of a new era is announced by a flying angel, trumpeting success and prosperity.  Dalí’s elephant exemplifies every individual’s hope for abundance and good fortune in the future.