Salvador Dalí, ‘Saint George and the Dragon’, 1977, Robin Rile Fine Art

Dalí again transforms a traditional image by adding new and unexpected symbolic connotations. The classic interpretation of "St George and the Dragon" is commonly seen as the saint's battle against heresy and evil, St George being the guardian angel of Aragon and a celebrated saint of chivalry throughout medieval Europe. In this sculpture, we can see the artist himself, represented by St. George, slaying the dragon, while his inspirational muse, Surrealist Art, exalts in the background. Metamorphic touches find their way into this sculpture too: the dragon's wings turn into flames, and the monster's tongue is a crutch, a favorite Dalínian image. We see a woman with her arm raised in the sign of victory.

Signature: Signed and numbered in cast

CIBO Salvador Dali exhibition for Art Basel Miami Beach, 2017

Descharnes, Robert & Nicolas "Le Dur et le Mou" catalogue raisonne, pg. 238, Ref #613.

Private Collection, USA

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