Salvador Dalí, ‘Dressed in the Nude in the Surrealist Fashion’, 1971, New River Fine Art

In Dressed in the Nude in the Surrealist Fashion, Salvador Dali takes direct aim at the art and fashion worlds and pays hommage to one of its early pioneers. How did art that was initially composed of concepts and images generated in the complexities of the subconscious imagination influence fashion? The Surrealists helped break down the barriers between art and fashion with the help of the pioneering designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Her collaborations with artists such as Salvador Dali, Man Ray and Jean Cocteau "shocked" the fashion industry with its ingenuity and style.

Published in 1971 by Transworld Art, the print portfolio, Memories of Surrealism, is a fresh and lively distillation of the art of Salvador Dali. Working on an intimate scale, Dali revisits the major themes and motifs of his art in a remarkably restrained, even analytical mood, and the result is a series of sketchbook-style studies that, even after the passage of forty-plus years, look like they could have been produced yesterday.

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