Salvador Dalí, ‘Le triomphe de Nautilus’, 1941, Leandro Navarro

Signature: Signed, inscribed and dated lower left Gala Salvador Dali 1941

Exhibited: Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, Salvador Dali, 1941, no. 23 New York, Julien Levy Gallery, Salvador Dalí, 1941, no. 5
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Salvador Dalí, November 1941 - January 1942, no. 49 (illustrated p.75) Indianapolis, The John Herron Institute (Indianapolis Museum of Art), Exhibition of Paintings by Salvador Dali, 1942, no. 49 New York, Gallery of Modern Art, Salvador Dalí, 1910-1965, December 1965 - February 1966, no. 108 (p.153)
Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Dalí: Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Objekte, Schmuck, January – April 1971, no. 56

Bibliography: Salvador Dalí, Vida secreta de Salvador Dalí, Poseidón, Buenos Aires, 1944, ill. 18
Robert Descharnes and Giles Néret, Salvador Dali, Cologne, 1994, vol. II, p. 760, no. 790

Julien Levy Gallery, New York Goddard and Brigitta Lieberson (the ballerinaVera Zorina) (acquired by Brigitta Lieberson by 1942 and until 2003); Private Collection

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