Monday, May 11, 2009

Artist of the Week

Salvador Dali

Self-Portrait with Raphaelesque Neck

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.” - Salvadore Dali

I've tried my best to place the images in order by date, whenever possible. I've been collecting Dali images on the web for many weeks now and what I've done is pull both my favorites as well as some lesser-known Dali paintings and sculpture.

Figure at the Window 1925

Bust of a Woman

The Sign of Anguish


(title & year unknown)

The Ship

Forgotten Horizon

(click to enlarge)
"Three Dancers" detail of Forgotten Horizon

I'll have you know that I've been saving this, my favorite Dali, for months now, to include in this post. It's one of my favorite nudes, so it was tempting to feature it on The Friday Evening Nudes. This is stunning to my eye and my imagination and I saw it, up-close and personal, at The Tate in 2005.

Scatalogical Object Functioning Symbolically
Shirley Temple the youngest Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time 1939

Lobster Telephone

Painted metal,plaster,rubber and paper
(I saw this at The Tate)

Crucifixion or Corpus Hypercubicus

Living Still Life


title and year unknown

Gala Contemplating the Corpus Hypercubicus
(Gala was Dali's wife, who died before him)

One Second Before Awakening from a Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate
(another one of my personal Dali favorites)

Fifty Abstract Paintings Which as Seen from Two Yards Change into Three Lenins Masquerading as Chinese and as Seen from Six Yards Appear as the Head of a Royal Bengal Tiger
(yes, that's the entire title!)

"One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams."


  1. Absolutely amazing - I'd love to see a few of those some day.

    And thanks for the "What's My Line" segment, what a hoot! :)

  2. I loved the "What's my line" segment. He seemed like a humble man, attempting to be simply truthful, and at the same time well aware of his international fame and abilities to do so many things... And I wonder how in the world that woman finally struck upon it so quickly - to ask about the moustache. And the lovely way the other woman asked about it! "could you be charicatured by that one item alone?" How delightful.

    I also love the the Forgotten Horizon (what a metaphor!) and The Ship (something I think I might have painted, though I'm not anything like as good a draftsman), and the dream! With the pomegranate and the tigers!!! Marvelous! Even his clouds are recognizable!

  3. It was great to see "What's my line"!
    It made me start the day laughing:)
    Have you read his autobiography? It is full of this humorous side.
    Thanks for posting this.

  4. Oh ! I love this this post, Gina.
    "Leading ? " He answered "Yes"(if I've well understood), his megalomania makes me laugh "Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali" he said.
    And "unusual", she couldn't find a better adjective. So much personality in that man. Certainly, someone to meet and never forget.
    I love many of his paintings. In particular, the one of the Christ of Saint John of the Cross. The angle of the body he chooses was terrific. The shadow too.
    The favorite of my son (5years) and I, as I told you previously is the 2Tigers'one. So many details to observe.
    Thanks to share that, Gina.

  5. Yes, what all the others said. I am not an art aficionado. I have seen some classic art pieces, but don't know who the artist was or the style. That said, I got a lesson here today and I enjoyed it. Thanks.
    I liked the bee dream. I'd love to have a dream like that, or would I?
    What's my line. Geez, I watched that on the old Dumont 12" black and white. only because that's what my parents were watching.

    Good stuff!

  6. “There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.” - Salvadore Dali
    I love that quote - I think he meant self-satisfaction!!

    I saw the Crucifixion at the Met back in the 60's. It was the single- most awe-inspiring painting I've ever seen.

  7. Love him .. for many years the dripping watches was my desktop wallpaper

  8. The 'Figure at the Window' was his sister, the only woman he painted until he met Gaia.

    Nice choice of images.

  9. I actually should've noted that the closeup of Gala Contemplating the Corpus Hypercubicus is the detail from that painting. And he did paint her a lot. I figured she was the only woman he painted but I did not know the woman at the window in that early painting, was his sister. Thanks, Susan.

  10. Steve: the What's My Line panel did suddenly have a revelation that it was Dali; as if they were tipped off or something. But it was really fun to watch none-the-less, wasn't it?

  11. Homey! I'm so glad you came by! It's been a long time. I'll have to check and see if you're blogging again.

    Kenju: I'm very much due for a visit at your place (still in miniature) :-)

    Cathy: the painting of the tiger and the pomegranate is one of my favorites. So nice that you share art with your children.

    Spadoman: welcome. WML was always a fun one for me as a kid. Though I didn't start watching American TV until 1967. Not sure exactly the year of that Dali segment but I think earlier.

    CR: Dali makes the short list of favorite artists. Totally amazing; brilliant; irreverent and egotistical yes, but with good reason; the man was amazing.

    Daryl: the dripping watches was my first introduction to Dali by my father when I was little.

    Thank you all for coming by for this post. I put a lot of work into this one and you make it worth it!

  12. Dali, a terribly talented artist that I've never really appreciated. My loss! Come back to Sepia Scenes for an award for you! :)

  13. Complete O/T, but PS, please direct your daughter to my new blog, Gay Married Californian. I'm trying to unite those of us in the legal limbo of being, well, gay married Californians. Please ask her to tell her story there and send it on to anyone interested in this issue. Prop8 decision must be handed down within the next three weeks.


    Love the Dali....

  14. I really adore Dali's religious art (I've had a print of "The Sacrament of the Last Supper" on my wall since college!)

  15. I'm still laughing at the WML segment...what a delightful man and he seems to have such a sense of humor, rather telling when looking at his art, which I have always felt could be both humorous and tragic at the same life I suppose, perhaps that is the point...

    also, didn't you love those little frilly eye thingies the ladies were wearing as opposed to the black...I found myself wondering what color they were, blue,pink?

    gina, this was fabulous, thanks so much for going to so much trouble to put it all together ;)

  16. Linda: Hi, luv! I was pretty tickled by the WML segment, too. Dali was fun to do a post on because he's such a great artist but a modern and therefore there are all these little clips you can find: interviews and examples of his work with Alfred Hitchcock. Pretty cool. I'm looking forward to writing a post on Picasso, whose work I adore less but find equally fascinating.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, Linda!

  17. Wasn't he great?! I love his draws and melting watches period too.

  18. Lovely collection of Dali's works... And I've seen a lot of those actually hanging at his amazing palace (castle? fortress?) in Spain.

    What a surreal experience THAT was. The room-sized exhibits were out of this world, and enjoying original melted-breast-and-clock paintings from just a few inches away... awesome :)

    The 'little kisses' are still stuck in my mind though... a BIG series of 'anus molds'... plaster-casts of... asses. Funky.

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