Salvador Dalí, ‘Nude Ascending the Staircase: Homage to Marcel Duchamps (a.k.a. “Nu Montant L’Escalier”)’, 1973, Robin Rile Fine Art

The concept behind this piece is found in Nu Descendant un escalier, numéro 2, a pre-Dadaist piece presented by Marcel Duchamp in the Dalmau Gallery in Barcelona in 1912 at the “First Cubist exhibition” held in Spain.
Nothing could please Dali more, than to pay tribute to his friend Marcel Duchamp by creating the ironic opposite to the famous divisionist painting; hence this beautiful realistic body – which reminds us in the form of Gala, climbing up the spirals in a marine shell, symbol of universal life and eternity. Altogether, the piece exudes reflection and eroticism. With original COA from publisher as descended from Dali.

Signature: On back left leg

Image rights: Robin Rile Fine Art

Manufacturer: Fonderia Bonvicini, Verone, Italy

Descharnes, Robert & Nicolas "Le Dur et le Mou" catalogue, pg. 162-163, Ref #412

Private Collection, Europe

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