Salvador Dalí

Untitled (Composition with Soda Syphon)

About this artwork

This drawing features several motifs which recur throughout Dalí's work. Amongst the items in the foreground are beans, a bone and a fried egg, and extending from the top of the soda syphon is a tree branch, which has become soft and requires the support of crutches. The deep perspective of the drawing, with two small figures visible on the horizon, is also a device Dalí often used. This drawing was once in the collection of the eccentric millionaire Edward James, one of the most important British patrons of Surrealism. It relates closely to an oil painting entitled 'Enchanted Beach, Long Syphon' made in the same year, and may be the preparatory study for the painting.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Untitled (Composition with Soda Syphon)
  • date created:
    1937
  • materials:
    Pen and ink and gouache on paper
  • measurements:
    43.60 x 54.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3957
  • gallery:
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  • subject:
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Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí