Automatic Beginning of a Portrait of Gala

© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017
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Cat. no. P 309

Automatic Beginning of a Portrait of Gala

Description

Date:
c. 1933
Technique:
Oil on plywood panel
Dimensions:
14 x 16.2 cm
Signature:
Unsigned and undated
Location:
Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres

Provenance

  1. Artist's collection

Observations

According to the photograph provided by Corbis (image 2), the paintings "Automatic Beginning of a Portrait of Gala" (cat. no. 309) and "Portrait of Gala with Lobster" (cat. no. 330) were both part of a larger plywood panel. We guess Dalí exhibited the painting in their original form at the show held at the Pierre Colle Gallery in Paris from June 19th to 29th, 1933 (cat. no. 7) with the title "Début automatique des portraits de Gala" ("Automatic Beginning of the Portraits of Gala").

Exhibitions

  1. 1933, Paris, Pierre Colle, Exposition Salvador Dali, 19/06/1933 - 29/06/1933, cat. no. 7
  2. 1936, London, Alex, Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., Salvador Dali, 01/06/1936 - 31/07/1936, cat. no. 13
  3. 1942, Indianapolis, The John Herron Art Institute (Indianapolis Museum of Art), [Exhibition of paintings by Salvador Dali], 05/04/1942 - 04/05/1942, cat. no. 11a
  4. 1943, New York, Galleries of M. Knoedler, Dalí, 14/04/1943 - 05/05/1943, cat. no. 7b
  5. 1954, Roma, Sale dell'Aurora Pallavicini, Mostra di quadri disegni ed oreficerie di Salvador Dalí, 01/03/1954 - 30/06/1954, cat. no. 20
  6. 1965, New York, Gallery of Modern Art, Salvador Dalí, 1910-1965, 18/12/1965 - 28/02/1966, cat. no. 40
  7. 1983, Barcelona, Palau Reial de Pedralbes, 400 obres de Salvador Dalí del 1914 al 1983, 10/06/1983 - 31/07/1983, cat. no. 142

Bibliography

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  2. Souvenir - Catalogue, Julien Levy Gallery, [New York], [1936/37], n. p.
  3. Salvador Dalí, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, Dial Press, New York, 1942, frontispice (detail)
  4. Alexander Watt, "Paris commentary", The Studio, 30/11/1951, London, p. 157
  5. Max Gérard, Dalí de Draeger, Blume, Barcelona, 1968, il. 36
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