Salvador Dalí, ‘Triumph of the Toreador (Lillas Pastia's Tavern from Opera CARMEN)’, 1969, Robin Rile Fine Art

This work is an idea for a set design for the opera Carmen act IV "Lillias Pastia's Tavern"

This work is accompanied by the original certification of authenticity from Robert Descharnes (Ref# D-968) This represents the Gold-Standard of certification for Dali, used by all major auctions

Signature: Signed and dated, lower Center on image

Private Collection Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 8 November 2001, lot 294 Private Collection, New York Private Collection, Texas.

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