Salvador Dalí, ‘Interesting Postcard by Dalì to Countess Pecci Blunt’, 1937, Wallector
Salvador Dalí, ‘Interesting Postcard by Dalì to Countess Pecci Blunt’, 1937, Wallector

C.P.A.S. (Carte Postale Autographe Signée) Handwritten, signed postcard by Dalì addressed to Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt. Sent from Arizona, 8 January 1937. (9 x 14c m) Two red ink postmarks in lower margin and one transverse red ink postmark in top left corner. In Spanish. With signatures of Gala and Dalì, in Dalì’s hand. Perfect condition.
Greetings postcard, in which Dalì invites the Countess to join him in the Hollywood “desert”. Dalì and Gala had gone there with their friend and patron Peter (Victor William) Watson, an avid collector of Mirò, Klee and Picasso as well as founder of the Horizon literary magazine, published by Cyril Connolly.

The background:
These are the months when Dalì is working on the script of the film, never made, “Giraffes on Horseback Salad”, along with actor Harpo Marx. Metro Goldwyn Mayer rejected the film because it was apparently too surrealistic and incomprehensible to the general public. A reminder of the film remains thanks to the oil painting ‘The Burning Giraffe’ (1937), which presents numerous references to the Spanish Civil War by way of its troubled and funereal atmosphere.

F.NICOSIA, Dalì, Il Giornale, Milano, 2006, p. 58.

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