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© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2007

© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2007

Cat. no. 327

Le devenir géologique (Geological Destiny)

  • 1933
  • Oil on wood panel
  • 21 x 16 cm
  • Private collection
  • Signed and dated lower right corner: [...] Salvador Dali / febrier 1933

Julien Green, Paris

In Julien Greens' memoirs, "Les années faciles", we read the following about this work: "28 February. The day before yesterday to Dalí's place to pick up my painting since this is my month. Twelve people have committed to give the painter a sort of small rent for this year, in exchange for which, each person will receive either a large or a small painting plus two drawings. We drew lots to see who would get which month. To my delight, February is my month, which has exempted me from waiting a long time. I have the choice of a big painting with an admirable rocky landscape in the background and in the foreground a kind of Russian general with sideburns, naked and with his head sadly inclined showing his cranium stuffed with shells and pearls.; and a small canvas which he calls "Devenir géologique", and that shows a horse in the process of being transformed into a rock in the middle of the desert. Dalí is leaving for Spain and talks with horror of the customs formalities and of the thousands of little inconveniences of a train trip, since he's a bit like a child who is frightened by life. (Julien Green, "Les années faciles, journal 1926-1934", Paris, 1961, p. 376-377).

1933, Paris, Pierre Colle, Exposition Salvador Dali, 19-06-1933 - 29-06-1933, cat. no. 10

2012, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Dalí, 21-11-2012 - 25-03-2013, p. 167

Salvador Dalí: rétrospective, 1920-1980, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art moderne, Paris, 1979, p. 177

Rubio, José Luis, El último show de Dalí, Cambio 16, Madrid, 1979, p. 93

Salvador Dalí, The Tate Gallery, London, 1980, il. V

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de | Dalí, Salvador (il.), Il Fantastico idalgo don Chisciotte della Mancia, Del Drago, Milano, 1986, p. 363

Morse, A. Reynolds, Dali's animal crackers, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1993, p. 145

Di Capua, Marco, Dalí, Librairie Gründ, Paris, 1994, p. 145

Descharnes, Robert | Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 205

Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí : 1904-1989, Evergreen (Benedikt Taschen), [Köln], 1996, p. 37

Salvador Dalí, Parkstone, England, 1999, p. 80 (detail)

Les Essentiels de l'art Dalí, Ludion, Amsterdam, 2003, p. 131

The Portable Dalí, Universe, New York, 2003, p. 131

Dalí, Salvador, Obra completa, Ediciones Destino | Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, Barcelona | [Figueres] | [Madrid], 2004, p. 227

Beauté, Georges, Little Dalí a l'escola, Philippe Delécusse, Escaldes-Engordany (Principat d'Andorra), 2005, p. 52 (detail)

Dalí, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2012, p. 167

Rothman, Roger, Tiny surrealism : Salvador Dalí and the aesthetics of the small, University of Nebraska, Lincoln & London, 2012, p. 99

Caruncho, Daniel R., Salvador Dalí, las obras de su vida, Dos de Arte, Barcelona, 2015, p. 34

Provenance

Julien Green, Paris

Remarks

In Julien Greens' memoirs, "Les années faciles", we read the following about this work: "28 February. The day before yesterday to Dalí's place to pick up my painting since this is my month. Twelve people have committed to give the painter a sort of small rent for this year, in exchange for which, each person will receive either a large or a small painting plus two drawings. We drew lots to see who would get which month. To my delight, February is my month, which has exempted me from waiting a long time. I have the choice of a big painting with an admirable rocky landscape in the background and in the foreground a kind of Russian general with sideburns, naked and with his head sadly inclined showing his cranium stuffed with shells and pearls.; and a small canvas which he calls "Devenir géologique", and that shows a horse in the process of being transformed into a rock in the middle of the desert. Dalí is leaving for Spain and talks with horror of the customs formalities and of the thousands of little inconveniences of a train trip, since he's a bit like a child who is frightened by life. (Julien Green, "Les années faciles, journal 1926-1934", Paris, 1961, p. 376-377).

Exhibitions

1933, Paris, Pierre Colle, Exposition Salvador Dali, 19-06-1933 - 29-06-1933, cat. no. 10

2012, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Dalí, 21-11-2012 - 25-03-2013, p. 167

Bibliography

Salvador Dalí: rétrospective, 1920-1980, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art moderne, Paris, 1979, p. 177

Rubio, José Luis, El último show de Dalí, Cambio 16, Madrid, 1979, p. 93

Salvador Dalí, The Tate Gallery, London, 1980, il. V

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de | Dalí, Salvador (il.), Il Fantastico idalgo don Chisciotte della Mancia, Del Drago, Milano, 1986, p. 363

Morse, A. Reynolds, Dali's animal crackers, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1993, p. 145

Di Capua, Marco, Dalí, Librairie Gründ, Paris, 1994, p. 145

Descharnes, Robert | Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 205

Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí : 1904-1989, Evergreen (Benedikt Taschen), [Köln], 1996, p. 37

Salvador Dalí, Parkstone, England, 1999, p. 80 (detail)

Les Essentiels de l'art Dalí, Ludion, Amsterdam, 2003, p. 131

The Portable Dalí, Universe, New York, 2003, p. 131

Dalí, Salvador, Obra completa, Ediciones Destino | Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí | Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, Barcelona | [Figueres] | [Madrid], 2004, p. 227

Beauté, Georges, Little Dalí a l'escola, Philippe Delécusse, Escaldes-Engordany (Principat d'Andorra), 2005, p. 52 (detail)

Dalí, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2012, p. 167

Rothman, Roger, Tiny surrealism : Salvador Dalí and the aesthetics of the small, University of Nebraska, Lincoln & London, 2012, p. 99

Caruncho, Daniel R., Salvador Dalí, las obras de su vida, Dos de Arte, Barcelona, 2015, p. 34