11 April 2008
PHILIPPE HALSMAN (1906-1979)
Dali Atomicus, 1948
gelatin silver print, printed before 1955
titled, dated, annotated 'vintage print', 'photographed in Halsman Studio' and copyright credit stamps (on the verso)
10½ x 13½in. (26.8 x 33.8cm.)
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Halsman Sight and Insight, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1972, pp. 176-177; Halsman A Retrospective, Little, Brown and Co., 1998, n.p.
Halsman had the idea for this photograph in 1948, at a time when Dali had just completed an important painting entitled Leda Atomica (pictured within the image). The painting was a depiction of Mrs. Dali as Leda, floating on the canvas suspended above her pedestal. From this, Halsman dreamt up a concept for a photograph, telephoned Dali, and the idea for Dali Atomica was born. The elaborately curated studio set-up by Halsman and a long standing working friendship between the artists combined to make this photograph a success.
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