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PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Salvador Dalí
ALIYAH
Estimate
180,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 346,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
346

PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Salvador Dalí
ALIYAH
Estimate
180,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 346,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Salvador Dalí
1904 - 1989
ALIYAH
Signed Dalí and dated 1966 (lower right)
Gouache, watercolor, felt-tip pen and crayon on card
20 1/8 by 15 3/4 in.
51.1 by 40.1 cm
Executed in 1966.
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Nicholas and Olivier Descharnes have kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Provenance

Florence Konner, New Jersey
Acquired from the estate of the above

Catalogue Note

The present work became the icon of Dalí’s Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel series because of the palpable emotive energy and Zionistic fervor the figure exudes. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the State of Israel, and to commemorate the Six-Day War of 1967, Dalí created a portfolio of twenty-five mixed media works to illustrate the meaning of “aliyah,” drawing inspiration from the Old Testament as well as contemporary history (see fig. 1). In Hebrew, “aliyah” means to ascend, and in both Biblical and secular Jewish thought “aliyah” refers to ascending to the land of Jerusalem or to modern day Israel. Here, the pioneering figure proudly cloaks himself with the modern day Israeli flag and tilts his head skyward with defiance and pride. The sculptural physique of the figure owes its origin to the figures in the Altar of Zeus in the Temple of Pergamum, and a similar figure is depicted his mammoth masterpiece Tuna Fishing (see fig. 2), thus suggesting that in 1968, two years after the painting’s completion, the work that he viewed as a culmination of his artistic styles was still very much on his mind.

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