A fabulous bronze group entitled "St George and the Dragon"'. This is an impressive bronze study with both realistic and surreal components. The piece captures the incredible moment of truimphant over the impossible. With good detail and a rich colour patina, signed Dali and numbered 198/500
There is little known about the patron Saint of England, however sources agree that he was a high ranking soldier in the Roman army. He died in 303 AD when he was tortured to deny his faith in Christanity and killed when he would not. The stories of his strengh and courage has inspired many ongoing generations.
Around the eleventh century the story of St George and the Dragon was created. In the Middle ages the dragon commonly represented the Devil, slaying the beast could be the literal incarnation of his ability to resist giving up his faith even on pain of death.
Height: 21 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 12 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali known as Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist artist born in 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain and died in 1989 in Figueres, Spain. Salvador Dali was a skilled draftsman. His love for luxury, his eccentric personality and imaginative art made Salvador Dali an artist who critics talked about. One of his famous art works was Persistence of Memory - a surrealist masterpiece of a melting clock hanging over the branch of a tree. Picasso, Migrate, Miro, Luis Buñuel, and Federico Garcia Lorca were among the artists who influenced him during his life as an artist and also influenced his personality. As a side note, Dali adopted his curled moustache from Diego Velazquez.
Terpsichore is one of the nine Greek mythological muses. This goddess of dance, ballet and chorus relates her name to the world of dance. Although this goddess is usually shown sitting down, holding a lyre, around her ballerinas, but Salvador Dali deviated from this norm.
Salvador Dali and his Homage to Terpsichore is a brilliant and delightful tribute to this goddess of dance. It is clear that Dali used a technique called contrapposto where the body encompasses an S-shape curve through a play of opposites. The two statues making a classical ballet figure where on the darker statue she keeps her left leg relaxed and the right leg taking the weight of the body with her left hip and her left shoulder raised to counterbalance her body. This is the perfect contrapposto position. The lighter golden statue holds a contrapposto position in making the beginning of a ballet dancing step where her feet are pointed with her right leg and arm ready to make the next step and keeping the weight of the body and her left leg relaxed although pointed at her foot. In this case her right hip is raised.
The original drawing for this sculpture was made in 1977. This bronze sculpture of Homage to Terpsichore was cast in 1984 using the lost wax process.
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