Salvador Dalí, ‘Swan-Elephant’, 1967, RoGallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Swan-Elephant’, 1967, RoGallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Swan-Elephant’, 1967, RoGallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Swan-Elephant’, 1967, RoGallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Swan-Elephant’, 1967, RoGallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Swan-Elephant’, 1967, RoGallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Swan-Elephant’, 1967, RoGallery

"In 1967, thanks to one of our Swiss publishers I presented the director of Air India, whose European bse was in Geneva, to Dali. Dali wanted to offer the airline a "Swan-Elephant" in exchange for a living elephant in order to celebrate the passage Hannibal's elephant, Tsurus, through the Pyrenees. After seeing the mode of the Swan-Elephant, Dali was hell bent to photograph it on a pure white plate filled with milk. It was sort of ritual of purity and the swan of Leda.. The theme of the Swan-Elephant was already present in the ballet Bacchanale in 1939." - Robert Descharnes

Signature: Signature and number inscribed

Reference: Figure 288 in "Dali Sculptures & Objects: The Hard and the Soft" by Descharnes, page 118

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