Salvador Dalí, ‘Pour mon Angel le Doctor Klein (Sold)’, 1978, Robin Rile Fine Art
The angel theme informs much of the Klein Collection, and the angel in this delightful 1978 work might be characterized as a bit seductive! The long-legged angelic figure is in the au naturel, striking a pose calculated to draw attention, beyond that which would already be assured through her marked inhibition. Dali considered Dr. Klein his “guardian angel” for helping him with a medical condition that has never been fully disclosed and quite likely will always remain a mystery.

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