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Surrealist tour de force accomplished in pen and dark brown ink on cream wove paper. Signed and dated at bottom right "Dali / 1960," in brown ink and again on verso "Dali," in blue ballpoint. Executed with masterful draftsmanship, this composition includes several iconic elements/symbols well known within Dali's oeuvre. Comprising a landscape rendered as a representation of linear perspective from the Renaissance painting tradition, Dali has superimposed an array of strange and unreal objects. In the foreground a stallion emerges galloping from a cypress tree to confront the Victory of Samothrace with molten (nearly liquid) legs forming a face-shaped puddle below covered with ants. Occupying the background, other archetypal elements include eggs, rib bones, blackbirds, a silhouette of Venus de Milo, a solitary figure carrying a net, and a dilapidated sailboat. In the distance, on the horizon line, Dali has included ancient village buildings. This composition recalls the artist's 1940 oil painting "Daddy Longlegs of the Evening-Hope!," in the collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum at St. Petersburg, Florida, which includes the both the horse and Victory of Samothrace. Mounted and matted under glass in a black walnut frame. Accompanying this artwork are three vintage 8" x 10" photographs of the drawing with authentication documentation on the verso of each comprising: 1.) A half-page typewritten letter signed "Albert Field" with the imprinted header "The Salvador Dali Archives / 2025 29th Street, Astoria, New York..." dated May 8, 1998. In part, Mr. Fields relates: "I have this day examined a photograph of a drawing in sepia ink on paper with Dali's signature in blue on the back of the work, the photograph also having a Dali's signature on the back...And a photograph of the work with an attestation on the back by Mara Albaretto that she acquired the drawing directly from Dali himself. I am satisfied that this is an original work by Dali. 2.) A 1/4 page autograph note, in Italian, signed "Mara Albaretto," no place, undated. This document is the "...attestation..." referred to in Mr. Field's letter. 3.) Bold signature "Dali," in blue ballpoint. This is the "...photograph also having a Dali's signature on the back" mentioned by Mr. Field. All sales are final.

Dimensions:
 Art: 13.75" H x 18" W; Frame: 19.25" H x 23.62" W; 

Condition

Light crease near left edge at center, otherwise in very good condition.

Starting Bid

$65,000.00

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Salvador Dali, "The Reality of a Dream" - Pen & Ink

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150 School Street
Glen Cove, NY 11542
United States
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