This work is sold with a photo-certificate from Robert Descharnes, numbered d 2751 and dated Vendredi 27 juin 2003.
This work, like lots 431-435, 437-439, and 440, comes from the prestigious collection of John Peter Moore.
Born in London in 1919 to Irish parents, in the late 1940s he became the Director of the Rome branch of the British production company 'London Film'. The company's European Director, Alexander Korda, commissioned Dalí in 1955 to paint the portrait of Laurence Olivier as Richard III, for the movie's advertising campaign. On the occasion of this commission, Moore met Dalí for the first time, in Rome. It was the beginnning of a legendary friendship and great professional relationship which lasted for fifteen years. Moore became the Dalís' personal secretary, and followed then in their annual 'peregrinations' - in New York in winter, in Paris in spring and summer, and in Cadaqes in summer. From 1970, he moved permanently to Cadaquès.
During these years alongside Dalí, Moore gathered a rich and varied collection of his works - mostly acquired directly from the artist, sometimes exchanged with dealers and collectors, all sharing a common obsession: a passion for Dalí.
In 1978, one year after his retirement, Moore officially opened the Museo Perrot-Moore, in Cadaquès, where the present works were on permanent display until June 2003.