Salvador Dalí, ‘Étude de figures masculines, trois érotiques et étude pour le tableau : Vitesse maximale de la vierge de Raphaël’, ca. 1952-1954, HELENE BAILLY GALLERY

Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr. Olivier and Mr. Nicolas Descharnes, November 10th, 2015. This work is registered under the n°d5547 in the Descharnes archives.

Signature: Signed and dated lower right : Salvador Dali 1952

André-François Petit Gallery, Paris.
Then by descent to the former owner.

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