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Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)

Lot 0057 Details

Description
Property of Descendant of Rosabelle C. Edelman

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Untitled, 1954
Signed and inscribed ‘Pour R.C Edelman Hommage de (…) Salvador Dali 1954? (across opening pages)
pen on paper
7 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.
This work is drawn on the opening pages of the book Salvador Dali, by James Thrall Soby, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 1946.

The Dali horse, with its strong legs and muscular body, represents power and the “aggressive carnality of the unconscious desire and the sexual potential.” With similarly spindly legs as to the elephant, a great example of the Dali horse can be found in The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1946, as well as his sketch Don Quixote, (circa 1970).
Ants most commonly represented death and decay within Dali’s works. Despite their tiny size, ants are known to carry twice their own weight allowing them to produce extraordinary change within any given environment. Specifically, this strength allows ants to haul portions of food away from the site of decomposition—here is where Dali draws a deeper correlation between ants and death. Found in some of his most notable works such as The Persistence of Memory, 1931, Un Chien Andalou, 1929, and his simply titled piece, Ants, 1929, Dali depicts the ants devouring his subjects (a pocket watch, a human hand and a human body). This representation of physical decay reminds viewers that even time and the human form have no real permanence in the world.

Provenance: Gift of artist to Rosabelle C. Edelman
Thence by descent to present owner.

$2,000-4,000

Rosabelle C. Edelman was born in 1910 to Russian immigrant parents of Jewish descent who immigrated to the United States in 1900.[1] As an employee of the United States Treasury Department at the Alien Tax Center in New York City it was Miss Edelman’s job to ensure that resident aliens had paid their taxes before exiting the country, as no resident alien could leave the country without paying taxes owed to the United States government. As was stated in a 1954 New York Times article, “The government wants to be sure it has its money before he gets away.”

Many of the people who visited the center were notable actors and actresses, musicians, and artists who in gratitude for Ms. Edelman’s assistance gave her gifts in the form of autographed pictures. Salvador Dali was one of her more famous clients and gave her seven of his published books in which he created drawings personally inscribed to Ms. Edelman. They are dated from 1954 to 1963. They were inherited upon her death by the present owner. Upon her retirement from the Treasury Department in 1964, Miss Edelman received the Albert Gallatin Award, the highest honorary career service award issued by the United State Treasury Department, recognizing her long and honorable service at the Treasury Department.[2]

Citations: 1. Bureau of the Census, “1910 United States Federal Census,” 2. The Internal Revenue Service, Part 6. Human Resources Management, Chapter 451. Employee Performance and Utilization, Section 1. Policies, Authorities, Categories, and Approvals. 6.451.1.18 Albert Gallatin Award.
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Lot 0057 Details

Description
...
Property of Descendant of Rosabelle C. Edelman

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Untitled, 1954
Signed and inscribed ‘Pour R.C Edelman Hommage de (…) Salvador Dali 1954? (across opening pages)
pen on paper
7 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.
This work is drawn on the opening pages of the book Salvador Dali, by James Thrall Soby, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 1946.

The Dali horse, with its strong legs and muscular body, represents power and the “aggressive carnality of the unconscious desire and the sexual potential.” With similarly spindly legs as to the elephant, a great example of the Dali horse can be found in The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1946, as well as his sketch Don Quixote, (circa 1970).
Ants most commonly represented death and decay within Dali’s works. Despite their tiny size, ants are known to carry twice their own weight allowing them to produce extraordinary change within any given environment. Specifically, this strength allows ants to haul portions of food away from the site of decomposition—here is where Dali draws a deeper correlation between ants and death. Found in some of his most notable works such as The Persistence of Memory, 1931, Un Chien Andalou, 1929, and his simply titled piece, Ants, 1929, Dali depicts the ants devouring his subjects (a pocket watch, a human hand and a human body). This representation of physical decay reminds viewers that even time and the human form have no real permanence in the world.

Provenance: Gift of artist to Rosabelle C. Edelman
Thence by descent to present owner.

$2,000-4,000

Rosabelle C. Edelman was born in 1910 to Russian immigrant parents of Jewish descent who immigrated to the United States in 1900.[1] As an employee of the United States Treasury Department at the Alien Tax Center in New York City it was Miss Edelman’s job to ensure that resident aliens had paid their taxes before exiting the country, as no resident alien could leave the country without paying taxes owed to the United States government. As was stated in a 1954 New York Times article, “The government wants to be sure it has its money before he gets away.”

Many of the people who visited the center were notable actors and actresses, musicians, and artists who in gratitude for Ms. Edelman’s assistance gave her gifts in the form of autographed pictures. Salvador Dali was one of her more famous clients and gave her seven of his published books in which he created drawings personally inscribed to Ms. Edelman. They are dated from 1954 to 1963. They were inherited upon her death by the present owner. Upon her retirement from the Treasury Department in 1964, Miss Edelman received the Albert Gallatin Award, the highest honorary career service award issued by the United State Treasury Department, recognizing her long and honorable service at the Treasury Department.[2]

Citations: 1. Bureau of the Census, “1910 United States Federal Census,” 2. The Internal Revenue Service, Part 6. Human Resources Management, Chapter 451. Employee Performance and Utilization, Section 1. Policies, Authorities, Categories, and Approvals. 6.451.1.18 Albert Gallatin Award.

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