Salvador Dali

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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  • title: Untitled (Composition with Soda Syphon)
  • accession number: GMA 3957
  • artist: Salvador DaliSpanish (1904 - 1989)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Food and drink Surrealism
  • materials: Pen and ink and gouache on paper
  • date created: 1937
  • measurements: 43.60 x 54.00 cm
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • copyright: © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Dalí was born in Catalonia, Spain. After being thrown out of art school in Madrid in 1923, he experimented with a range of styles. By 1927 he began to move away from Cubism towards Surrealism. He was a keen follower of developments in surrealist art and literature and met Miró, a fellow Catalan and Surrealist, in 1927. A talented self-publicist, Dalí cultivated his eccentric personality as carefully as his meticulous, academic technique, inspired by the Old Masters. In addition to being a painter, sculptor, graphic artist and designer, Dalí collaborated in the making of the first surrealist film, 'Un chien andalou' in 1929.