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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FRANCE

Salvador Dalí
GIRAFE EN FEU
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 1,874,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FRANCE

Salvador Dalí
GIRAFE EN FEU
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 1,874,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Salvador Dalí
1904 - 1989
GIRAFE EN FEU
Signed Gala Salvador Dalí and dated 1937 (lower left); inscribed 80 or 08 (on the reverse)
Gouache, charcoal, pen and ink and brush and ink on paper
22 1/4 by 30 3/8 in.
56.5 by 77 cm
Executed in 1937.
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Nicolas, Robert and Olivier Descharnes have confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Provenance

Private Collection, France

Exhibited

(probably) Paris, Galerie Renou et Colle, Salvador Dalí, 1937

Literature

André Breton & Paul Eluard, Dictionnaire abrégé du Surréalisme, Paris, 1938, illustrated p. 61

Robert Descharnes & Gilles Néret, Salvador Dalí, L'Oeuvre peint, Cologne, 1993, vol. I, no. 652, illustrated p. 293 ; vol. II, catalogued p. 757

Gala-Salvador Dalí Fundation, Salvador Dalí Catalogue raisonné, no. 458, illustrated online at www.salvador-dali.org

Catalogue Note

The shadow of the Spanish Civil War extends over Dalí's surreal dreamscape in Girafe en feu.  Painted the year after the war broke out in 1936, the present work is from a series depicting a burning giraffe, including Girafe en feu in the Kunstmuseum, Basel and Inventions of Monsters in the Art Institute of Chicago.  Dalí described his image of the burning giraffe as "the masculine cosmic apocalyptic monster" that was a premonition of war and the chaos that he feared would soon engulf Europe.  But the image also had more light-hearted symbolism, as it was featured in a film project with the Marx Brothers called Giraffes on Horseback Salad.  Dalí once explained why he thought the giraffe was an appropriate choice of this project: "Slapstick humour.  How could that better be expressed than by these giraffes with their burning necks." (quoted in M. Taylor, "Giraffes on Horseback Salad," Dalí & Film (exhibition catalogue), Tate Museum, London, 2007, p. 143).

 

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