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© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017

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© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017

Cat. no. 309

Automatic Beginning of a Portrait of Gala

Artist's collection

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")

1933, Paris, Pierre Colle, Exposition Salvador Dali, 19-06-1933 - 29-06-1933, cat. no. 7

1936, London, Alex, Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., Salvador Dali, 01-06-1936 - 31-07-1936, cat. no. 13

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

1943, New York, Galleries of M. Knoedler, Dalí, 14-04-1943 - 05-05-1943, cat. no. 7b

1954, Roma, Sale dell'Aurora Pallavicini, Mostra di quadri disegni ed oreficerie di Salvador Dalí, 01-03-1954 - 30-06-1954, cat. no. 20

1965, New York, Gallery of Modern Art, Salvador Dalí, 1910-1965, 18-12-1965 - 28-02-1966, cat. no. 40

1983, Barcelona, Palau Reial de Pedralbes, 400 obres de Salvador Dalí del 1914 al 1983, 10-06-1983 - 31-07-1983, cat. no. 142

Dalí, Salvador, La Conquête de l'irrationnel, Éditions Surréalistes, Paris, 1935, il. 15

Souvenir - Catalogue, Julien Levy Gallery, [New York], [1936/37], n. p.

Dalí, Salvador, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, Dial Press, New York, 1942, frontispice (detail)

Watt, Alexander, Paris commentary, The Studio, London, 1951, p. 157

Gérard, Max, Dalí de Draeger, Blume, Barcelona, 1968, il. 36

Dali par Dali, Draeger, [Paris], 1970, p. 82-83 (detail)

s. a., Imporatante donación de Dalí para el fondo de su museo de Figueras, Los Sitios, Girona, 1977, p. 12

Janus, Dali e i suoi fantasmi, Harper's Bazaar, Milano, December 1981, n. p. (detail)

400 obres de Salvador Dalí del 1914 al 1983, Obra Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, [Madrid], 1983, p. 101

Distribucions d'art surrealista, Distribucions d'Art Surrealista, Barcelona, 1983, p. 20

Nieva, Francisco, El príncipe representó a dalí, Pueblo, Madrid, 1983, p. 35 (indirect image)

Dalí, Salvador | Pauwels, Louis, The Passions according to Dalí, The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg [Florida], 1985, p. 22

Geymonat, Mario, I Miti straordinari di Ovidio, Ghisetti e Corvi, Milano, 1987, p. 65

Salvador Dalí, 1904-1989, Gerd Hatje, Stuttgart, 1989, p. 148

(Mini guia Teatre-Museu Dalí), Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 1990, p. [12]

Romero, Luis, PsicoDálico Dalí, Mediterranea, Barcelona, 1991, p. 56 (detail)

Etherington-Smith, Meredith, The Persistence of memory : a biography of Dalí, Random House, New York, 1993, n. p. (indirect image)

Descharnes, Robert | Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 193

Giménez-Frontín, José Luis, Teatre-Museu Dalí, Tusquets / Electa, [Barcelona] / Madrid, 1994, p. 39

Carter, David, Salvador Dalí, Chelsea House, New York - Philadelphia, 1995, p. 51 (indirect image)

De la palette à l'écritoire, Joca Seria, Nantes, 1997, p. 182 (indirect image)

Masterpieces of surrealism, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2000, p. 6 (indirect image)

Gisbert, Montse, Salvador Dalí, pinta'm un somni, Serres, Barcelona, 2003, n. p.

Barral i Altet, Xavier, Les Indigestions de Dalí, Edicions de 1984, Barcelona, 2003, p. 81

Roig, Sebastià | Puig, Jordi, Dalí : el triangle de l'Empordà, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Triangle Postals, Figueres | Menorca, 2003, p. 189

Riquer, Martí de | Aguer i Teixidor, Montse, Estudios : El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, Planeta | Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, [Barcelona] | Figueres, 2003, p. 167 (indirect image)

Les Essentiels de l'art Dalí, Ludion, Amsterdam, 2003, p. 113

Mas Peinado, Ricard, Universdalí, Lunwerg, Barcelona, Madrid, 2003, p. 72

Dalí, Salvador, Obra completa, Ediciones Destino | Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, Barcelona | [Figueres] | [Madrid], 2003, p. 223 (indirect image) (detail)

The Portable Dalí, Universe, New York, 2003, p. 113

López Herrero, Luis-Salvador, La Cara oculta de Salvador Dalí, Síntesis, Madrid, 2004, p. 181

Pitxot, Antoni | Aguer i Teixidor, Montse, Teatre-Museu Dalí de Figueres, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Triangle Postals, [Figueres] | Sant Lluís, Menorca, 2005, p. 103 (indirect image)

Otte, Torsten, Salvador Dalí : Eine Biographie mit Selbstzeugnissen des Künstlers, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, 2006, p. 49

Aguer i Teixidor, Montse | Diego, Estrella de, Gala. Àlbum, Distribucions d'Art Surrealista, [Figueres], 2007, il. 2, il. 75 (indirect image)

2011 : Memoria = Memòria, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2011, p. 127, p. 128 (detail)

Dalí un artista un genio, Skira, Milano, 2012, p. 115

Dalí i els seus tallers, Das Edicions, Figueres, 2013, p. 22-23 (indirect image)

Dalí News, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, 2014, p. 13

Pitxot, Antoni | Aguer i Teixidor, Montse, Teatre-Museu Dalí. Figueres, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Triangle Postals, [Figueres] | Sant Lluís, Menorca, 2016, p. 128-129 (indirect image)

Provenance

Artist's collection

Remarks

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

1933, Paris, Pierre Colle, Exposition Salvador Dali, 19-06-1933 - 29-06-1933, cat. no. 7

1936, London, Alex, Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., Salvador Dali, 01-06-1936 - 31-07-1936, cat. no. 13

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

1943, New York, Galleries of M. Knoedler, Dalí, 14-04-1943 - 05-05-1943, cat. no. 7b

1954, Roma, Sale dell'Aurora Pallavicini, Mostra di quadri disegni ed oreficerie di Salvador Dalí, 01-03-1954 - 30-06-1954, cat. no. 20

1965, New York, Gallery of Modern Art, Salvador Dalí, 1910-1965, 18-12-1965 - 28-02-1966, cat. no. 40

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

Dalí, Salvador, La Conquête de l'irrationnel, Éditions Surréalistes, Paris, 1935, il. 15

Souvenir - Catalogue, Julien Levy Gallery, [New York], [1936/37], n. p.

Dalí, Salvador, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, Dial Press, New York, 1942, frontispice (detail)

Watt, Alexander, Paris commentary, The Studio, London, 1951, p. 157

Gérard, Max, Dalí de Draeger, Blume, Barcelona, 1968, il. 36

Dali par Dali, Draeger, [Paris], 1970, p. 82-83 (detail)

s. a., Imporatante donación de Dalí para el fondo de su museo de Figueras, Los Sitios, Girona, 1977, p. 12

Janus, Dali e i suoi fantasmi, Harper's Bazaar, Milano, December 1981, n. p. (detail)

400 obres de Salvador Dalí del 1914 al 1983, Obra Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, [Madrid], 1983, p. 101

Distribucions d'art surrealista, Distribucions d'Art Surrealista, Barcelona, 1983, p. 20

Nieva, Francisco, El príncipe representó a dalí, Pueblo, Madrid, 1983, p. 35 (indirect image)

Dalí, Salvador | Pauwels, Louis, The Passions according to Dalí, The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg [Florida], 1985, p. 22

Geymonat, Mario, I Miti straordinari di Ovidio, Ghisetti e Corvi, Milano, 1987, p. 65

Salvador Dalí, 1904-1989, Gerd Hatje, Stuttgart, 1989, p. 148

(Mini guia Teatre-Museu Dalí), Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 1990, p. [12]

Romero, Luis, PsicoDálico Dalí, Mediterranea, Barcelona, 1991, p. 56 (detail)

Etherington-Smith, Meredith, The Persistence of memory : a biography of Dalí, Random House, New York, 1993, n. p. (indirect image)

Descharnes, Robert | Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 193

Giménez-Frontín, José Luis, Teatre-Museu Dalí, Tusquets / Electa, [Barcelona] / Madrid, 1994, p. 39

Carter, David, Salvador Dalí, Chelsea House, New York - Philadelphia, 1995, p. 51 (indirect image)

De la palette à l'écritoire, Joca Seria, Nantes, 1997, p. 182 (indirect image)

Masterpieces of surrealism, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2000, p. 6 (indirect image)

Gisbert, Montse, Salvador Dalí, pinta'm un somni, Serres, Barcelona, 2003, n. p.

Barral i Altet, Xavier, Les Indigestions de Dalí, Edicions de 1984, Barcelona, 2003, p. 81

Roig, Sebastià | Puig, Jordi, Dalí : el triangle de l'Empordà, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Triangle Postals, Figueres | Menorca, 2003, p. 189

Riquer, Martí de | Aguer i Teixidor, Montse, Estudios : El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, Planeta | Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, [Barcelona] | Figueres, 2003, p. 167 (indirect image)

Les Essentiels de l'art Dalí, Ludion, Amsterdam, 2003, p. 113

Mas Peinado, Ricard, Universdalí, Lunwerg, Barcelona, Madrid, 2003, p. 72

Dalí, Salvador, Obra completa, Ediciones Destino | Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, Barcelona | [Figueres] | [Madrid], 2003, p. 223 (indirect image) (detail)

The Portable Dalí, Universe, New York, 2003, p. 113

López Herrero, Luis-Salvador, La Cara oculta de Salvador Dalí, Síntesis, Madrid, 2004, p. 181

Pitxot, Antoni | Aguer i Teixidor, Montse, Teatre-Museu Dalí de Figueres, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Triangle Postals, [Figueres] | Sant Lluís, Menorca, 2005, p. 103 (indirect image)

Otte, Torsten, Salvador Dalí : Eine Biographie mit Selbstzeugnissen des Künstlers, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, 2006, p. 49

Aguer i Teixidor, Montse | Diego, Estrella de, Gala. Àlbum, Distribucions d'Art Surrealista, [Figueres], 2007, il. 2, il. 75 (indirect image)

2011 : Memoria = Memòria, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2011, p. 127, p. 128 (detail)

Dalí un artista un genio, Skira, Milano, 2012, p. 115

Dalí i els seus tallers, Das Edicions, Figueres, 2013, p. 22-23 (indirect image)

Dalí News, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, 2014, p. 13

Pitxot, Antoni | Aguer i Teixidor, Montse, Teatre-Museu Dalí. Figueres, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Triangle Postals, [Figueres] | Sant Lluís, Menorca, 2016, p. 128-129 (indirect image)