Salvador Dalí, ‘Dermatology’, Robin Rile Fine Art

Dali drew numerous horses during his prolific career, but seldom if ever a horse being walked by another person. The horse and rider motif symbolized a sense of importance, leadership and heroism. The Klein family recalls it being explained to Dr. Klein by Dali that the steed’s rider here is supposed to represent Dali, while the man guiding its direction is meant to be Dr. Klein, just as Dr. Klein led Dali in the right direction with respect to his medical issues. The work was drawn on Dali’s sketchpad; it’s unclear precisely what is written in Dali’s handwriting, but it is obviously related to dermatology.

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