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    Sale 11793

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper

    23 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 155

    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)


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    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
    inscribed 'Estatique instantane de la melancolie "aerodynamique"' (lower right)
    pen and India ink and pencil on paper
    10 5/8 x 8 in. (26.9 x 20.3 cm.)
    Drawn in 1933

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    Aerodynamique relates to a series of photogravures and vignettes commissioned from Dalí in 1933 by the publisher Albert Skira to illustrate the book Les Chants de Maldoror by Isidore Ducasse, Count of Lautréamont. Originally written in 1869, this rebellious and provocative work was recognised by the Surrealists as a masterpiece in the history of literature. Dalí was at this time at the height of his involvement with the Surrealist movement, and Picasso had introduced Dalí to Skira and proposed him as an illustrator. For the finished engraving to which this work relates, see R. Michler & W. Löpsinger, Salvador Dalí Catalogue Raisonné of the Etchings and Mixed-Media Prints 1924-1980, Munich, 1994, no. 34, p.132 (illustrated).

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    Piccadilly Gallery, London.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 2 November 1978, lot 150.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private Florida Collection


    R. Descharnes, Salvador Dalí, The Work, The Man, New York, 1984, p. 147 (illustrated).


    Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie & Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Salvador Dalí, March - May 1974, no. 34, p. 44 (illustrated p. 57).
    New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Surrealism in Art, February - March 1975, no. 32, p. 20 (illustrated; dated circa 1937).