5 February 2004
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Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
Scène dans un patio du harem
signed and dated 'Salvador Dalí 1965' (lower right)
oil, gouache and watercolour on paper
14 x 11½ in. (35 x 29.6 cm.)
Executed in 1965
Acquired from the artist by the previous owner.
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R. Descharnes & G. Néret, Salvador Dalí, The Paintings, vol. II, 1946 -1989, Cologne, 1994, no. 1233 (illustrated p. 554).
Robert Descharnes has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
In 1962 Dalí completed and exhibited his epic composition The battle of Tetuán, his homage to the Spanish painter Mario Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874), who was celebrated for his technical skills in the depiction of Moroccan scenes. For the next few years Dalí continued to explore exotic and opulent themes drawn from the Orientalist tradition of 19th Century painting.
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