Salvador Dalí, ‘Surrealist Angel & Cubist Angel’, 1983, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Surrealist Angel & Cubist Angel’, 1983, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Surrealist Angel & Cubist Angel’, 1983, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Surrealist Angel & Cubist Angel’, 1983, Robin Rile Fine Art

Angels are an important theme throughout Dali's work. We find a great many references to them in his writings. In an entry dated May 1953 in his Diary of a Genius, Dali wrote, "I have drawn from sunrise until the evening six faces of mathematical angels, explosive, and of such great beauty that I remained exhausted and stiff." And on August 1953, "Everything is on the 'outside' with angels, it is impossible to picture them anymore without this 'outside'.- Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, Catalogue Raisonne, "Le Dur et le Mou", 2004

The Surrealist and Cubist Angels are two of the most powerful statements in Dali's sculptural oeuvre. These fraternal twin figures, with their jet-black patinas and smooth androgynous bodies evoke his theories on mathematical symmetry and the asexuality of man versus angel. Dalis use of a variation on the base of the 3rd century Greek Icon "Winged Victory/Nike of Samothrace" (Musée du Louvre) on "Surrealist Angel" provides a glimpse into what he felt his own "Nike" was meant to symbolize, the sounding of the trumpets of Victory. Certification: Gala Dali Foundation, Figuras, Spain and Robert Descharnes. Black patina.

Signature: Signed and numbered in cast

Manufacturer: Fonderia Bonvicini, Verona

Catalogue Raisonne "Le Dur et le Mou" by Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, pg. 148-149, Ref #385 and #386

Private Collection from Publisher as descended from Dali.

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