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

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

Cat. no. 861

Portrait of Frank Brian Mercer

  • 1973
  • Oil on canvas
  • 110 x 94 cm
  • The Royal Society, London
  • Signed and dated on the lower right: Salvador Dalí / 1973
  • Signed on the center left: Dalí

Brian Mercer

Bequeathed by Brian Mercer in 1998

In a manuscript now in a private collection, Dalí explains how he imagined this portrait: "My conception of the portrait of Mr Mercer is to have represented him lost in a reverie of imperialist inventions. He is present in the light of the Mediterranean where the definitive sessions of the portrait took place, but his spirit glides among the constant inventive and mechanical imaginations of his restless spirit, which in the picture calms towards a spiritual tranquillity and stability. The technique approaches Dalí’s new tendency, which is the confluence of Classicism and Hyperrealism, after his Surrealist long march." (Salvador Dalí, Enrique Sabater, "A Sabater con un Abrazon en el Quin Elisabet". Turin, Umberto Allemandi, 1998, p. 58).

Descharnes, Robert | Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 634

Sabater, Enrique, "A Sabater con un abrazón en el Quin Elisabet". Dalí, Umberto Allemandi, Torino, 1998, p. 77 (indirect image)

Provenance

Brian Mercer

Bequeathed by Brian Mercer in 1998

Remarks

In a manuscript now in a private collection, Dalí explains how he imagined this portrait: "My conception of the portrait of Mr Mercer is to have represented him lost in a reverie of imperialist inventions. He is present in the light of the Mediterranean where the definitive sessions of the portrait took place, but his spirit glides among the constant inventive and mechanical imaginations of his restless spirit, which in the picture calms towards a spiritual tranquillity and stability. The technique approaches Dalí’s new tendency, which is the confluence of Classicism and Hyperrealism, after his Surrealist long march." (Salvador Dalí, Enrique Sabater, "A Sabater con un Abrazon en el Quin Elisabet". Turin, Umberto Allemandi, 1998, p. 58).

Bibliography

Descharnes, Robert | Néret, Gilles, Salvador Dalí, 1904 -1989, Benedikt Taschen, Köln, 1994, p. 634

Sabater, Enrique, "A Sabater con un abrazón en el Quin Elisabet". Dalí, Umberto Allemandi, Torino, 1998, p. 77 (indirect image)