THE ART PLUG EDITORIAL: SALVADOR DALI
The artist Salvador Dali likely needs no introduction. The famous surrealist is known by art lovers and the general public alike as an iconic figure who crafted some of the most well-known artworks of the 20th century.
Dali lived a legendary life and produced a formative body of work that remains vital to this day. The artist’s 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, which features the melting clock imagery that would become one of his signatures, stands alone as the rare artwork that transcends boundaries and is etched into the worldwide collective consciousness.
Dali worked in everything from painting and drawing to film to sculpture to photography; within his output, Marcel Katz has a robust selection of work available for sale.
The sculpture Nobility of Time is cast in bronze and runs in an edition of 350. The piece features Dali’s signature melting clock covered with a crown and flanked by two women—an angel and a nude figure cloaked in a shawl. It is a piece that is not just surrealistic but also contemplative, paying tribute to the very fleeting nature of time, which is ultimately the true master of the humanity.
Also available is the sculpture Alice in Wonderland, which was conceived in the same year as Nobility of Time and also cast in bronze. In the work, the iconic fairy-tale character—and one of Dali’s favorite images—a skipping rope with hands that have morphed into roses. It is a tribute to the idea of eternal youth that is at once romantic and surreal.
St George And The Dragon and Space Elephant are also currently available sculptures.
Beyond sculptures, Marcel Katz also has up for sale a number of Dali prints, including the striking etching Le Legacy, which is hand signed and numbered by the artist, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
The piece was created during the last decade of the artist’s life and is perhaps more introspective and less surrealistic than earlier works, and part of the artist’s larger series focused on Don Quixote. Created in 1981, it is a melancholy artwork, that possibly sees the artist wrestling with his own mortality through the lens of a bed-ridden Quixote. Taken with other works, it serves to deepen the viewer’s understanding of the range of Dali’s output and legacy.
In the words of Dali himself: “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”