Ballet. The Seven Lively Arts

Metamorphosed Women

© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017 Photo © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

Cat. no. P 722

Ballet. The Seven Lively Arts

Metamorphosed Women


Oil on canvas
72 x 92 cm
Signed and dated lower right: Dalí / 1957
Private collection, Switzerland


  1. Billy Rose, New York
  2. Georges Farkas
  3. Alex Maguy, Paris
  4. Private collection
  5. Auctioned at Christie's, London, February 6th, 2006


One of the series of seven compositions for "The Seven Lively Arts" commissioned by Billy Rose to decorate the Ziegfeld Theater — in this case, the theme is ballet. The original seven paintings depicted the arts of radio, concert, ballet, opera, boogie-woogie, cinema and theatre. When they were destroyed in a fire at Billy Rose’s house, the artist agreed to recreate the seven paintings (see catalogue number 549, 588-593).


  1. 1962, Wallingford, Conn., The Choate School, The Georges Farkas Collections of Old and Modern Art Masterpieces, January - June 1962, no reference
  2. 1964, Hollywood Boulevard, Municipal Art Gallery, An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Salvador Dalí, 20/11/1964 - 20/12/1964, cat. no. 8
  3. 1973, Paris, Alex Maguy. Galerie de l'Elysée, Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dalí, 15/05/1973 - 08/06/1973, no reference
  4. 1984, Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti, I Dalì di Salvador Dalì, 01/07/1984 - 30/09/1984, cat. no. 36
  5. 1991, Tokyo, Mitsukoshi Museum of Art, Dalí exhibition, 10/10/1991 - 17/11/1991, cat. no. 59


  1. "Choate Will Display 36 Paintings By Top Artists", The New Haven Register, 11/03/1962, Wallingford, CT, p. 30
  2. Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dalí, Alex Maguy. Galerie de l'Elysée, Paris, 1973, n. p.
  3. Salvador Dalí, "Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dali", [galerie de L'elysée], 15/05/1973, Paris, n. p.
  4. I Dalì di Salvador Dalì, Gianni Tassinari, Ferrara, 1984, p. 153
  5. Dalí exhibition, Mitsukoshi Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1991, p. 110
  6. Robert Descharnes, Gilles Néret, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 493
  7. Fum...damentalment genial, Museu del Tabac, Sant Julià de Lòria (Principat d'Andorra), 2004, p. 82
  8. Montse Aguer i Teixidor, Juan José Lahuerta, Salvador Dalí i les revistes, Distribucions d'Art Surrealista, [Figueres], 2008, il. 135 (indirect image)

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