Salvador Dalí, ‘The Night Table’, 1971, Robin Rile Fine Art

The Night Table: Dali used a fragment of a painting from 1934. This sculpture is specifically a night table that haunted him since his childhood and is depicted repeatedly in paintings throughout his life. For Dali, the emptiness in space left by the door symbolizes the absence and missing of someone dear to him. He explains this in a number of his writings and repeats the void in several pictorial works. Dali described the modele for this work, based on the 1934 painting "Severage du mueble aliment", to his secretary Robert Descharnes, who had the model created on his behalf. Each example is accompanied by certification of authenticity from Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali, Figueras, Spain.

Series: Edition of 8 plus 4 proofs.

Signature: In cast

Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, Catalogue Raisonne "Le Dur et Le Mou", pgs. 151, Ref #388.

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