Tragedy and Comedy. The Seven Lively Arts


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

Cat. no. P 725

Tragedy and Comedy. The Seven Lively Arts



Oil on canvas
84 x 114 cm
Signed and dated lower right corner: Dalí / 1957
Private collection


  1. Billy Rose, New York
  2. Georges Farkas
  3. Alex Maguy
  4. Private collection
  5. Auctioned at Sotheby's, New York, November 16th, 1998
  6. Private collection
  7. French private collection
  8. Auctioned at Christie's, London, February 4th, 2002


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 Tragedy and Comedy. 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 numbers 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. 13
  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. "Choate Will Display 36 Paintings By Top Artists", The New Haven Register, 11/03/1962, Wallingford, CT, p. 30
  2. Louise Sweeney, "A Cash-and-Carry With Chandelier", Herald-tribune, 22/08/1965, New York., n. p. (indirect image)
  3. James T. Prior, "George Farkas - Driving Force Behind Success Of Alexander's", Record, 06/04/1967, Hackensack, N.j., n. p. (indirect image)
  4. Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dalí, Alex Maguy. Galerie de l'Elysée, Paris, 1973, n. p.
  5. Salvador Dalí, "Alex Maguy présente 7 tableaux de Dali", [galerie de L'elysée], 15/05/1973, Paris, n. p.
  6. Robert Descharnes, Gilles Néret, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 494
  7. Fum...damentalment genial, Museu del Tabac, Sant Julià de Lòria (Principat d'Andorra), 2004, p. 85

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