Salvador Dalí, ‘Spectre du soir sur la plage (Night Spectre on the Beach)’, 1935, MK Fine Art

Signature: signed ‘Gala Salvador Dali 1935’ (lower right)

Robert Descharnes, Salvador Dali 1904-1989, The Paintings, Volume I, 1904-1946, Germany, 1993, p. 220, no. 495, illustrated (year shown incorrectly as 1934 in catalogue raisonné).

Private Collection (A gift from the artist in 1935)
MK Fine Art, New York
Private collection, Connecticut (purchased from the above)

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