Salvador Dalí, ‘Terpsichore Muse of the Dance’, 1971, Robin Rile Fine Art

RA Edition of 99 casts by Bonvicini Foundry. Edition certified by Robert Descharnes and re-ratified by Gala-Salvador Dali Founation in Figueras, SPAIN. Prestige-scale bronze. The sculpture presents some physical similarity to the "Victory of Samothrace" (c. 190) today at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Our Muse of Music and Dance seems to be about to take off; we can say that she almost levitates. She was intentionally conceived headless in order to show that she didn't need of a facial expression or ritual mask in order to show her true self she is the sacred myth of Victory, celebrated in the dance. We don't need to see her body, the line's tension, the volume's play and the careful texture of the bronze in enough to transmit her whole spirit, that of celebration, triumphant after the Victory. (Fonderia Bonvicini, Verone, Italy)

Signature: In cast

Image rights: Robin Rile Fine Art

Catalogue Raisonne "Le Dur et le Mou" by Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, pg. 160-161, Ref #407.

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