Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Surrealist Angel (1983)
Edition of 12 bronzes (edition of 8 +4 Proofs)
Total edition, 8 plus four proofs
Bronze, monumental, 163cm tall x 85cm x 50cm
Cast at Bonvicini Foundry, Italy
Literature: Descharnes, Robert & Nicolas. Catalogue Raisonne “Le Dur et le Mou”, pg. 148-149 Ref#382
Certification: Gala Dali Foundation, Figuras, Spain and Robert Descharnes
Provenance: Salvador Dali to original publisher to present owner.
Exhibitions: An example from this edition was shown at Museum of Byzantin & Christian Art, Athens (Greece) January 15- March 24, 2008
Present List: $425,000-495,000. USD
PRICE: On Request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Angels are an important theme throughout Dali's work. We find a great many references to them in his writings. In an entry dated May 1953 in his Diary of a Genius, Dali wrote, “I have drawn from sunrise until the evening six faces of mathematical angels, explosive, and of such great beauty that I remained exhausted and stiff.” And on Auguste 1953, “Everything is on the ‘outside’ with angels, it is impossible to picture them anymore without this ‘outside’.- Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, Catalogue Raisonne, “Le Dur et le Mou”, 2004
The Surrealist and Cubist Angels are two of the most powerful statements in Dali's sculptural oeuvre. These fraternal twin figures, with their jet-black patinas and smooth androgynous bodies evoke his theories on mathematical symmetry and the asexuality of man versus angel. Dalis use of a variation on the base of the 3rd century Greek Icon “Winged Victory/Nike of Samothrace” (Musée du Louvre) on “Surrealist Angel" provides a glimpse into what he felt his own "Nike" was meant to symbolize, the sounding of the trumpets of Victory.