This Spanish, creative genius was expelled from Art School at the age of 22 for declaring that no member of the faculty was competent enough to examine him. The moustache he grew shortly thereafter almost took on a life of its own, being waxed into a wide variety of shapes and becoming his trademark style. Dalí was renowned for his flamboyant personality and role of mischievous provocateur as much as for his undeniable technical virtuosity. Among the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century, Dali was certainly the most famous Surrealist, perhaps best known for his 1931 painting "The Persistence of Memory," showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. The painting conveys the ideas that time is not rigid and everything is destructible. Dali's long career successfully led him through not only painting, but sculpture, printmaking, fashion, advertising, writing, and film-making.
Dali's lobster-telephone is a classic example of a Surrealist object, made from the conjunction of items not usually associated together and resulting in something both playful and menacing.
“I do not understand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked telephone,” he stated. “Nor why champagne is always chilled and why on the other hand telephones, which are habitually so frightfully warm and disagreeably sticky to the touch, are not also put in silver buckets with crushed ice around them.”
This bronze rendition of Dali has the surrealist seated atop his lobster-telephone creation. Dali's preoccupation with eroticism, death and decay found their match only in his enormous ego which accounts for the sculpture's oversized head. The soft clock over his shoulder is indicative of his most famous work, “The Persistence of Memory”, which vaulted him to fame in 1931.
Size: 14” high X 10.5” wide X 7.5” deep.
Weight: 22.8 lbs.
Medium: Bronze with patina.
Limited edition of 25 bronzes maximum.
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