Le devenir géologique (Geological Destiny)

© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2007

Cat. no. P 327

Le devenir géologique (Geological Destiny)


Oil on wood panel
21 x 16 cm
Signed and dated lower right corner: [...] Salvador Dali / febrier 1933
Private collection


  1. Julien Green, Paris


In Julien Greens' memoirs, "Les années faciles", we read the following about this work: "28 February. The day before yesterday to Dalí's place to pick up my painting since this is my month. Twelve people have committed to give the painter a sort of small rent for this year, in exchange for which, each person will receive either a large or a small painting plus two drawings. We drew lots to see who would get which month. To my delight, February is my month, which has exempted me from waiting a long time. I have the choice of a big painting with an admirable rocky landscape in the background and in the foreground a kind of Russian general with sideburns, naked and with his head sadly inclined showing his cranium stuffed with shells and pearls.; and a small canvas which he calls "Devenir géologique", and that shows a horse in the process of being transformed into a rock in the middle of the desert. Dalí is leaving for Spain and talks with horror of the customs formalities and of the thousands of little inconveniences of a train trip, since he's a bit like a child who is frightened by life (Julien Green, "Les années faciles, journal 1926-1934", Paris, 1961, p. 376-377).


  1. 1933, Paris, Pierre Colle, Exposition Salvador Dali, 19/06/1933 - 29/06/1933, cat. no. 10
  2. 2012, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Dalí, 21/11/2012 - 25/03/2013, p. 167


  1. Salvador Dalí: rétrospective, 1920-1980, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art moderne, Paris, 1979, p. 177
  2. José Luis Rubio, "El último show de Dalí", Cambio 16, 16/12/1979, Madrid, p. 93
  3. Salvador Dalí, The Tate Gallery, London, 1980, il. V
  4. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Salvador Dalí (il.), Il Fantastico idalgo don Chisciotte della Mancia, Del Drago, Milano, 1986, p. 363
  5. A. Reynolds Morse, Dali's animal crackers, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1993, p. 145
  6. Marco Di Capua, Dalí, Librairie Gründ, Paris, 1994, p. 145
  7. Robert Descharnes, Gilles Néret, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 205
  8. Gilles Néret, Salvador Dalí : 1904-1989, Evergreen (Benedikt Taschen), [Köln], 1996, p. 37
  9. Salvador Dalí, Parkstone, England, 1999, p. 80 (detail)
  10. Les Essentiels de l'art Dalí, Ludion, Amsterdam, 2003, p. 131
  11. The Portable Dalí, Universe, New York, 2003, p. 131
  12. Obra completa : Álbum, Destino, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, Barcelona, [Figueres], [Madrid], 2004, p. 227
  13. Georges Beauté, Little Dalí a l'escola, Philippe Delécusse, Escaldes-Engordany (Principat d'Andorra), 2005, p. 52 (detail)
  14. Dalí, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2012, p. 167
  15. Roger Rothman, Tiny surrealism : Salvador Dalí and the aesthetics of the small, University of Nebraska, Lincoln & London, 2012, p. 99
  16. Daniel R. Caruncho, Salvador Dalí, las obras de su vida, Dos de Arte, Barcelona, 2015, p. 34

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