Salvador Dalí, ‘ Cybele’, 1972, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘ Cybele’, 1972, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘ Cybele’, 1972, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Size: 400 mms Height x 130 x 110 mms (Including base( Excluding base: 310 x 130 x 110 mms
Weight: 11 Kgs.
Published by: Cory Gallery Editions, 377 Geary Street, San Francisco, USA
Authenticity: We have a copy of a letter dated 5/6/1996 signed by Albert Field of the Salvador Dali Archives. He states that he has a copy of a contract signed by Salvador Dali and Edward J Cory concerning this item. He goes on to say that the Archives purchased statue number 30/100 from Mrs Estelle Cory.
Cast by: Art Bronzes, San Leandro, California.

Manufacturer: Art Bronzes, San Leandro, California.

See “Sculptures and objects : Dali - the Hard and the Soft - by Robert and Nicolas Descharnes. Page 201 - Reference 497

We have a copy of a Press Release made by The Cory Gallery (Undated but presumably circa 1973). In this document it states that the Madonna-like face is fitted with Dali’s symbolical drawer in the forehead and that the handsome and forceful torso, with multiple breasts, proclaims her indeed a modern version of Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess of fertility. KYBELE (or Cybele) was the great Phrygian Mother of the Gods, a primal nature goddess worshipped with orgiastic rites in the mountains of central and western Anatolia.
A further Dali motif is the melting clock on her shoulder.
A further press cutting by Cory Galleries, of which we also have a copy, states “She has 18 breasts and a drawer in her forehead” and the Limited Edition of 100 copies offered to serious collectors at $7500-00 each copy.

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