The Opera. The Seven Lively Arts

Grand Opera

© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2014 Photo © Christie’s Images Limited 2014

Cat. no. P 724

The Opera. The Seven Lively Arts

Grand Opera


Oil on canvas
Diameter: 93 cm
Signed and dated lower left: Dalí / 1957
Private collection


  1. Billy Rose, New York
  2. Georges Farkas
  3. Alex Maguy, Paris
  4. Auctioned at Sotheby's, New York, November 12th, 1988
  5. Private collection
  6. Auctioned at Sotheby's, New York, May 14th, 1997
  7. Private collection
  8. Auctioned at Christie's, New York, November 9th, 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 opera. 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. 11
  3. 1973, Paris, Alex Maguy. Galerie de l'Elysée, Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dalí, 15/05/1973 - 08/06/1973, no reference


  1. Louise Sweeney, "A Cash-and-Carry With Chandelier", Herald-tribune, 22/08/1965, New York., n. p. (indirect image)
  2. James T. Prior, "George Farkas - Driving Force Behind Success Of Alexander's", Record, 06/04/1967, Hackensack, N.j., n. p. (indirect image)
  3. Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dalí, Alex Maguy. Galerie de l'Elysée, Paris, 1973, n. p.
  4. Salvador Dalí, "Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dali", [galerie de L'elysée], 15/05/1973, Paris, n. p.
  5. Salvador Dalí, 1904-1989, Gerd Hatje, Stuttgart, 1989, p. 338
  6. Robert Descharnes, Gilles Néret, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 494
  7. Silvia Borghesi, Dalí, Electa, Milán, 2004, p. 101
  8. Dalí, Rizzoli, New York, 2005, p. 384

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