Salvador Dalí, ‘Autoportrait du jeune Salvador Dali et deux femmes nues’, ca. 1925, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Autoportrait du jeune Salvador Dali et deux femmes nues’, ca. 1925, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Authentication: A certificate from the Internationally recognised Salvador Dali expert, Nicholas Descharnes, accompanies this work.
Note: This bijoux work is remarkable in being so early in the artists career - he was about 20 years of age when he made it. Although such a young man it has many of the influences and characteristics of other works which were to be so pivotal to his surrealist career. There is the eroticism of the double nudes, the faceless man standing to the left strolling along with his gun, seemingly oblivious to what is before him and the vista of the distant horizon (or desert) stretching way out to the extreme distance. The distant cloud seems to hover over the horizon. It is an emotive, dramatic and very surrealist piece. Why does a faceless man with a gin stroll across a desert? Why do two huge female nudes lie on the sand in front of him?

Signature: signed in ink

Montserrat Dali (The cousin of the artist with whom he was very close). A signed certificate from Eulalia Blas Dali accompanies the work dated 18/2/2017. This states that the item came from the collection of Montserrat Dali, her mother. The certificate takes the form of a photograph of the lady holding the piece with a signed text date at Barcelona, 18/2/2017
Collection of Madame Montserat Dali
Collection of Madame Eulalia Bas Dali

About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain