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Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989)
1929. Oil and collage on composition board, 9 3/8 x 13 3/4" (23.8 x 34.7 cm). The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.
Galerie Goemans, Paris, 1929 ; to Louis Aragon (1897-1982), Paris ; [Paul Eluard (1895-1952), Paris] ; sold to Julien Levy (1906-1981), Paris/New York; sold to Sidney Janis (1896-1989), New York, 1930 ; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1967 (The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection).
 Included in the exhibition Salvador Dali, Galerie Goemans, Paris, November 20-December 5, 1929.
 See Sidney Janis Collection of Modern Paintings, exh. cat. Chicago: The Arts Club of Chicago, April 5-24, 1935, no. 16 (lists Aragon as previous owner); and Interview with Sidney Janis, June 1967, conducted by Helen M. Franc (The Museum of Modern Art Archives): http://www.moma.org/docs/learn/archives/transcript_janis.pdf
 See Julien Levy, Memoir of an Art Gallery, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1977, p. 70, p. 72.
 Date of acquisition published in: Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, exh. cat. Basel: Kunsthalle et al, 1970, no. 11; Three Generations of Twentieth Century Art: The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, exh. cat. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1972, p. 178, no. 12.
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