Salvador Dalí, ‘​Gala Gradiva (Prestige-scale)’, 1970, Robin Rile Fine Art

A P.E. cast of the 89.5 x 48 x 45 cm edition is part of the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art (Ohio, USA). After having read Freud’s analysis of W. Jensen’s Gradiva, Dali recognized Gala as his Gradiva and, like Hanold, the main character of Jensen’s story, “He was unable to explain what it was in her that aroused his interest; he only knew that from the first moment he had felt dominated by an intense attraction which time did not succeed in weakening.” “as she walks, she gathers up her flowing garments, revealing her sandaled feet, one of which rests completely on the ground, whilst with the other she is on tiptoes, the sole and ankle almost perpendicular to the earth. This pose is not at all usual and the artist wished to place it in his sculptural work because of the special attraction it produces.” Sigmund Freud on “Gradiva” by W. Jensen.

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