Tempera on paper, entitled, "Burning Giraffe." Signed and attr. Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain). Accompanied by certificiate. 11 x 8 inch (27.7 x 20.4 cm). Salvador DalÃ 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. â€œSurrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,â€ he said. DalÃ is specially credited with the innovation of â€œparanoia-criticism,â€ a philosophy of art making he defined as â€œirrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.â€ 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), DalÃ was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. â€œEach morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,â€ he once said. â€œThat of being Salvador DalÃ." PROVENANCE: Private American collection
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