An impressive limited edition lost wax bronze figure representing ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the famous character from Lewis Carol’s work, modelled with a skipping rope, her hair and hands turning into roses to symbolise feminine beauty. The bronze surface with fine deep blue/green and gilded colour, signed Dali, numbered 188/350, stamped and dated Jemelton 1984 and impressed with Perseo foundry mark.
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Height: 90 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Foundry: Perseo SA, Switzerland
Book Ref: Dali The Sculpture Collection
Dali Alice in Wonderland
Dali Alice in Wonderland – Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known as Salvador Dalí was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painting skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.
He’s one of Spain’s most famous artists – known for his weird and wonderful artwork as much as for his eccentricity and moustache. A famed artist, sculpture, photographer and painter, Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, Catalonia in 1904 and died there in 1989. During his life there may not have been an obvious connection with Marbella, but it has grown posthumously as 25 years after his death you can see plenty of his artwork around the town. While Dalí’s most famous piece of work is arguably ‘The Persistence of Memory’, which features melting clocks in a surreal background, he was also a dab hand at building statues – and Marbella showcases more than a few of them.
Dali – Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is one of Dali’s favourite images. She is the eternal girl child who responds to the confusion of the world behind the looking glass with the irrefutable naivety of childhood. After all her meetings with the inhabitants of the surrealist world, she returns to reality not only unharmed, but also unchanged. The rope is twisted cord and her hands and hair have become roses, symbolising feminine beauty.
Beniamino Levi and the Dali Bronzes
Beniamino Levi, President of the Stratton Institute, is a recognised world expert in the field of Modern Art. His expertise spans a wide range of artistic knowledge, from Impressionism through modern times. To date, he has successfully organised approximately 100 critically and publicly acclaimed Modern Art exhibitions worldwide, attracting over 10 million visitors during the last two decades.In the 1960s and 70s, Mr Levi headed one of Italy’s most prestigious galleries, the Galleria Levi on Via Montenapoleone, where he introduced international art to Italy. He was the first to bring some of the world’s most famous artists to the Italian art collecting community, including Miró, Magritte, Masson, Kandinsky, De Chirico, Picasso, and Dalí. Mr Levi knew many of the period’s leading artists personally, and counted much of Italy’s social elite among his clients. Regular visitors to his gallery included Maria Callas, Baron Von Thyssen and the Agnelli family. Artworks he exhibited in the 60s and 70s today are considered museum quality masterpieces. Mr Levi helped form many major international Modern Art collections.
Beniamino Levi exhibitions and publications
In the 1960s, Mr Levi held a Surrealist exhibition at his gallery and was introduced to Dalí. He frequently travelled to see Dalí at his many residences in Paris, New York and his home in Spain. Fascinated by some early Dalí sculptures he had found and bought from a Paris gallery, Mr Levi encouraged the Surrealist master to once more express his artistic vision in sculptural form, commissioning Dalí to create a series of bronzes based on the artist’s most famous Surrealist images.
Mr Levi worked closely with Dalí on this bronze sculpture project and is known worldwide as a leading Dalí expert on the Dalí Bronzes. He had a number of Dali sculptures cast as limited editions at the Perseo SA Foundry in Switzerland in the 1980’s and has lectured and written often on the subject and has published a definitive book on the Dalí Sculpture Collection. These works of art are avidly collected by clients worldwide as affordable and lasting momentos of the most important artist of the Surrealist school.
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