Salvador Dalí, ‘Saint Narcissus of the Flies (Prestige-scale)’, 1974, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Saint Narcissus of the Flies (Prestige-scale)’, 1974, Robin Rile Fine Art

Accompanied by original certification of authenticity from publisher as descended from Dali's hand.

“I adore flies. I am happy only when I am sunbathing, naked and covered in flies… They are the muses of the Mediterranean…” Salvador Dali

“I canonically dedicate my invention to the uncorrupted glorious martyr Saint Narcissus, patron of flies.…” And so San Narcissus, the patron of the town of Gerona in Spain, was created. According to the legend, when the enemies of the town wished to profane the tomb of the martyred saint, an astonishing event occurred: a great battalion of flies came to the rescue, emerging from the sepulchre to attack and defeat his enemies.

Signature: Signed and numbered in cast, PE Edition of 19.

Manufacturer: 2049 Obra Contemporanea for Salvador Dali

Descharnes, Robert & Nicolas LE Dur et le Mou (Catalogue Raisonne) pg. 168, Ref# 424-425 [illustr of another cast]

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