Untitled
© Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, 2013

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Untitled 1936
This drawing is related to Dalí’s painting ‘Autumn Cannibalism’. The figures are closely entwined, but instead of eating each other as in the painting, the larger figure is feeding the smaller figure; perhaps representing a mother and her child. It is also connected to a number of drawings and prints of skeletal forms which Dalí made from about 1933, including the series of prints he produced for an illustrated revision of Comte de Lautréamont’s poetic novel, ‘Les Chants de Maldoror’, in 1934. This drawing was made for one of four surrealist albums, which comprised fifteen original drawings by various artists. They were sold at the 1936 ‘International Surrealist Exhibition’ in London with the aim to help fund future surrealist publications.

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Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Print, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3897
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 26.80 x 21.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1995