Dawn at Port Lligat(79 views)
Dawn at Port Lligat. Lithograph by Salvador DalÕ.
Created in 1971;
Image size: 26 1/4" x 31 1/2".
Salvador DalÕ's works became more and more affected by the concept of psychoanalysis devised by Freud as his style matured. DaliÍs works were increasingly shaped into dreamlike illustrations. This was clearly seen in his most famous work the The Persistence of Memory, in which he depicted several clocks as melted in a desert setting with the ocean appearing below the horizon. Dreams consisted of a large segment of his life, because he would take siestas, or midday rests, in which he encounters more and more dreams (Etherington-Smith 9). He considered the siesta as a state that is achieved at the moment that one forgets about oneÍs body or in psychoanalysis the state of the unconscious. Yet, his dreamlike style was combined with his sexual desires to give a variety of works with different themes.
Salvador DalÕ was an outrageous and eccentric personality. Although Dali garnered attention through his provocative exploits and theatrical behavior, his paintings were central to the development of the Surrealist aesthetic. Dali's ambition was to "materialize images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialist fury of precision." Dali painted images from a dream world in such exacting clarity and meticulous detail that viewers feel they are entering a hallucinatory landscape. He called these paintings hand-painted dream photographs. They contain strange and bizarre juxtapositions of objects, and the transformation of one form into another form.
Catalogue Raisonn_ & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonn_s and texts.
1) Michler/Lopsinger 1284; Field 71-8; Published by Transworld Art, New York Edition
2) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Salvador Dali was born in May 11, 1904 in the small agricultural town of Figueres, Spain, located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, only sixteen miles from the French border in the principality of Catalonia. The son of a prosperous notary, Salvador Dali spent his boyhood in Figueres and at the familyÍs summer home in the coastal fishing village of Cadaques where his parents built his first studio.æ As an adult, he made his home with his wife Gala in nearby Port Lligat.æ Many of his paintings reflect his love of this area of Spain.The young Salvador Dali attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid.æ Early recognition of Salvador DaliÍs talent came with his first one-man show in Barcelona in 1925.æ He became internationally known when three of his paintings, including The Basket of Bread (now in the MuseumÍs collection), were shown in the third annual Carnegie International Exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1928.
The following year, DalÕ held his first one-man show in Paris.æ He also joined the surrealists, led by former Dadaist Andre Breton.æ That year, Dali met Gala Eluard when she visited him in Cadaques with her husband, poet Paul Eluard.æ She became DalÕÍs lover, muse, business manager, and chief inspiration.
DalÕ soon became a leader of the surrealist movement.æ His painting, The Persistance of Memory, with the soft or melting watches is still one of the best-known surrealist works.æ But as the war approached, the apolitical DalÕ clashed with the surrealists and was ñexpelledî from the surrealist group during a ñtrialî in 1934.æ He did however, exhibit works in international surrealist exhibitions throughout the decade but by 1940, Dali was moving into a new style that eventually became known as his ñclassicî period, demonstrating a preoccupation with science and religion.
DalÕ and Gala escaped from Europe during World War II, spending 1940-48 in the United States.æ These were very important years for the artist.æ The Museum of Modern Art in New York gave Dali his first major retrospective exhibit in 1941. This was followed in 1942 by the publication of DaliÍs autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dali. As Dali moved away from Surrealism and into his classic period, he began his series of 19 large canvases, many concerning scientific, historical or religous themes. Among the best known of these works are The Hallucinogenic Toreador, and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in the museumÍs collection, and The Sacrament of the Last Supper in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
In 1974, DalÕ opened the Teatro Museo in Figueres, Spain. This was followed by retrospectives in Paris and London at the end of the decade.æ After the death of his wife, Gala, in 1982, DaliÍs health began to fail.æ It deteriorated further after he was burned in a fire in his home in Pubol in 1984.æ Two years later, a pace-maker was implanted.æ Much of this part of his life was spent in seclusion, first in Pubol and later in his apartments at Torre Galatea, adjacent to the Teatro Museo.æ Salvador DalÕ died on January 23, 1989 in Figueres from heart failure with respiratory complications.
As an artist, Salvador DalÕ was not limited to a particular style or media.æ The body of his work, from early impressionist paintings through his transitional surrealist works, and into his classical period, reveals a constantly growing and evolving artist.æ Dali worked in all media, leaving behind a wealth of oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, and sculptures, jewels and objects of all descriptions.
Whether working from pure inspiration or on a commissioned illustration, DalÕÍs matchless insight and symbolic complexity are apparent. Above all, DalÕ was a superb draftsman.æ His excellence as a creative artist will always set a standard for the art of the twentieth century.
ñEvery morning when I wake up I experience an exquisite joythe joy of being Salvador DalÕand I ask myself in rapture, ïWhat wonderful things this Salvador DalÕ is going to accomplish today?'î
Provenance: Elliott Gallery New Orleans
Dimensions: 26 1/4" x 34 1/2"
Artist or Maker: Salvador DalÕ
Medium: Lithograph Poster
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