Salvador Dalí, ‘Cybernetic Lobster Telephone’, 1975, New River Fine Art

The lobster is prominently feautured in some of Dali's most important works of art. The aim of the Surrealists was o suroruse and confront the spectator by offering an alternative view of reality. Cybernetic Lobster Telephone brings together two objects in a way that had only been seen once before - in Dali's 1936 sculpture. By placing the lobster's sexual organs over the mouthpiece of the phone, he even introduced a surrealistic sexual nature to the inanimate phone. Dali saw the forms of lobster and telephone as interchangeable, once writing, "I do not unuderstand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster…I am never served with a cooked telephone".

Signature: Signed, lower right.

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