Salvador Dalí, ‘Dali & DNA’, 1975, Robin Rile Fine Art

Amy Klein, one of Dr. Edmund Klein’s daughters- now an attorney in Buffalo (NY) says, “I shall never forget my father’s rendition of his conversation with Dali, as Dali had his sketchbook and pen in hand. They were discussing the philosophical aspects of the merging between medicine and religion. Out of this discussion came Dali’s version of Jacob’s ladder, comprised of DNA molecules intertwined with the angels ascending to Heaven. The second angel represents my father with the medical staff in hand.”

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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