A new discovery again: Salvador Dalí's long-lost painting goes on show!
Promisingly, the work contains two recurring motifs that Dalí began using in 1932: a window looking in on an interior space and a protruding pole.
The painting is signed "Gala Salvador Dalí," which was the artist’s way of paying tribute to his wife Gala, who was some ten years his senior and a stabilizing influence on his life, said Descharnes. It’s seemingly inspired by Dalí and Gala’s shared home in Spain where they lived from 1932 to 1982. This house is now a museum open to the public.
Left: Salvador Dali. Untitled, 1932.
Because the piece is untitled, and Dalí had a habit of renaming his works, Descharnes was unable to definitively establish its exhibition history. It seems likely, however, that it was included in one of two shows the artist held that year at Galerie Pierre Colle in Paris, where the records list some untitled paintings.
The work has not been recognised by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, but has been registered in the Dalí archive managed by Descharnes. The gallery confirmed it had received inquiries on the painting but would not disclose the asking price.
Dali painted both "Gradiva" and "Maison pour erotomane" around 1931 and 1932, respectively, during the height of the
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The other work is entitled Maison Pour Érotomane (1932), a weird, hallucinatory, work which shows a cello, horse and car apparently emerging from a rock. In the foreground is a man and woman who represent Dalí and his wife.
Two rediscovered masterpieces by Salvador Dalí were painted for and acquired by Countess de Cuevas de Vera, nicknamed Tota, who divided her time between Buenos Aires and France and became friends with many artists and cultural figures active in 1920s and 30s Paris, including Luis Buñuel, with whom she had an affair, as well as Dalí, Picasso, and Jean Cocteau.
These important works by the Spanish surrealist, both have an estimated guide price of £1,200,000−1,800,000, were sold at auction by London’s Sotheby’s in the Surrealist Art Evening Sale on February 28th.
Left: Tota Cueva de Vera on the porch of her home. Photo: John Phillips / Sotheby’s
Based on material Artnet, The Guardian, Sotheby’s official site.