Salvador Dalí, ‘Triumph of the Toreador (for the opera Carmen act IV "Lillias Pastia's Tavern")’, 1969, Robin Rile Fine Art

This work is accompanied by a copy of certification of authenticity from Robert Descharnes (Ref# D-968) This represents the Gold-Standard of certification for Dali, used by all major auctions. Spanish master Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (nee. Diego Velasquez). Velasquez (1599-1660) was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. He is considered the most important painter of the Spanish Golden Age. Dali stated "I [Dali] am not a good painter, because I am too intelligent to be a good painter. To be a good painter you've got to be a bit stupid, with the exception of Velasquez, who is a genius whose talent surpasses the art of painting and to life. I owe everything. Because the day that Dali paints a picture as good as Velasquez, Vermeer or Raphael... The next week he will die. So I prefer to paint bad pictures and live longer".

Signature: Signed and dated "Dalí/ 1969" lower center.

CIBO Salvador Dali exhibition for Art Basel Miami Beach, 2017.

Private Collection, SPAIN; Private Collection, Miami (via purchase)

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