SALVADOR DALÍ | PLUIE DU PRINTEMPS, PROJET POUR UN TISSU IMPRIMÉ DE LA COLLECTION STIMULUS POUR SCHIFFER PRINTS DIVISION DE MIL-ART COMPANY
Property from an Important Private European Collection
1904 - 1989
PLUIE DU PRINTEMPS, PROJET POUR UN TISSU IMPRIMÉ DE LA COLLECTION STIMULUS POUR SCHIFFER PRINTS DIVISION DE MIL-ART COMPANY
signed Dalí and dated 1949 (lower right)
gouache, ink and pencil on card
71 by 64cm., 28 by 25⅛in.
Executed in 1949.
Nicolas and Olivier Descharnes have kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.
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Executed on two sheets of cardboard and attached with a connective mount, this mount is in turn secured to the backing board in a number of places around its extreme edges. There is some craquelure to the thicker areas of gouache in places, mainly to the left hand side of the work. There is some occasional creasing to the board, predominantly in the corners of each board and along the lower edge of the work. There are some historic light surface tears to both boards. There are a few remnants of old adhesive on the cardboard in the upper right quadrant and there is some light surface dirt in places throughout. The work is in overall good condition.
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Gallery Art, Florida
Private Collection, Greece
Thence by descent to the present owner
Surreal Things, Surrealism & Design (exhibition catalogue), Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam & Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 2007-8, no. 15-7, illustration in colour of the scarf p. 241
Established in 1945 by textile mogul Milton Schiffer, Schiffer Prints was a division of Mil-Art Company Inc., and a new initiative which sought to revitalise the company's fortunes after the war. The Stimulus Collection, produced in 1949 brought together eminent architects, designers and painters to create designs for printed fabrics, and later wallpapers. Selected because of 'his famed gifts of colour and craftsmanship', Salvador Dalí's hand is clearly evident in the design's unique vivid tones and geometric shapes. Consequently, his designs were met with great success, such that The New York Times on the 22nd June 1949 declared, 'Unquestionably it is the most brilliant single collection of all modern prints introduced since the war.'