9 November 2006
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
Rêve de Vénus
signed and dated 'Gala Salvador Dalí 1938' (lower left)
gouache and watercolor on paper
19 5/8 x 11¾ in. (49.7 x 29.8 cm.)
Painted in 1938
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 7 February 2002, lot 418.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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Barcelona, La Caixa Foundation, and Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Dalí & Mass Culture, January-August 2004.
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, It's All Dalí: Film, Fashion, Advertising, Painting, March-June 2005.
Robert Descharnes has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
This gouache is an original design for an invitation to the opening of Dalí's exhibition Dream of Venus, at the New York World's Fair on 15 June 1939. The actual invitation is illustrated in R. Descharnes and G. Neret, Dalí 1904-1946, Cologne, 1994, no. 712, p. 230.
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