A captivating limited edition bronze study of a winged figure, it's head in the form of a triangular star and its torso with a central void, the figure loosely draped with a shawl from the waist down. The sculpture is finished with rich green patina and stands on a cubic gilded frame. Signed Dali, numbered 346/1500 and with Kunstguss Strehle foundry stamp
“Surrealist Angel” is a monumental bronze sculpture that represents the angel trope that permeated Dali’s works in all mediums. The winged androgynous figure can be seen as Dali’s response to the “Nike of Samothrace” in a surrealist exploration of the inner psyche. Dali saw angels as transcendently pure creatures that served as communicators between the artist and God. Further religious connotations can be read in the triangular head, which represented the triad of Dali’s homes in Figueras, Pubol and Port Lligat, as well as the deep rooted influence of the Holy Trinity. The mythical “Surrealist Angel” communicates a powerful statement of inspired creativity as gifted from the heavens. The angel is also a muse, one whose central void could mirror that of a guitar or an invisible heart in one’s artistic passions.
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Height: 56 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Foundry: Kunstguss Strehle
Dali Early Life
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born on 11 May 1904, at 8:45 am GMT, at the 1st floor of Carrer Monturiol, 20 (presently 6), in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region, close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain. In the Summer of 1912, the family moved to the top floor of Carrer Monturiol 24 (presently 10). His older brother, who had also been named Salvador (born 12 October 1901), had died of gastroenteritis nine months earlier, on 1 August 1903. His father, Salvador Dalí i Cusí, was a middle-class lawyer and notary whose strict disciplinary approach was tempered by his wife, Felipa Domenech Ferrés, who encouraged her son’s artistic endeavors.
When he was five, he was taken to his brother’s grave and told by his parents that he was his brother’s reincarnation, a concept which he came to believe. Of his brother, Dalí said, “… [we] resembled each other like two drops of water, but we had different reflections.” He “was probably a first version of myself but conceived too much in the absolute.” Images of his long-dead brother would reappear embedded in his later works, including Portrait of My Dead Brother (1963).
He also had a sister, Anna Maria, who was three years younger. In 1949, she published a book about her brother, Dalí As Seen By His Sister. His childhood friends included future FC Barcelona footballers Sagibarba and Josep Samitier. During holidays at the Catalan resort of Cadaqués, the trio played football (soccer)together.
He attended drawing school. In 1916, he also discovered modern painting on a summer vacation trip to Cadaqués with the family of Ramon Pichot, a local artist who made regular trips to Paris. The next year, Dalí’s father organized an exhibition of his charcoal drawings in their family home. He had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theatre in Figueres in 1919, a site he would return to decades later.
In February 1921, Dalí’s mother died of breast cancer. Dalí was 16 years old; he later said his mother’s death “was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her… I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul.” After her death, Dalí’s father married his deceased wife’s sister. Dalí did not resent this marriage, because he had a great love and respect for his aunt.
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