Salvador Dalí. The Little Theater. 1934
Salvador Dalí

The Little Theater

1934
Not on view
Medium
Wood and glass, painted
Dimensions
12 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 12 1/4" (32.3 x 42.5 x 31.1 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the James Thrall Soby Bequest, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Loula D. Lasker, and William S. Paley Funds
Object number
57.1981
Copyright
© 2015 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

This sculpture—part theatrical maquette, part multi-layered painting—is composed of eleven painted glass panes that juxtapose several distinct and peculiar worlds. At the margins the proscenium arch, receding stage floor, and inkwell evoke the stage and an unseen playwright, highlighting the orchestrated, artificial character of painting. Behind these Dalí contrasts an idyllic Arcadian scene with a barren, ruined landscape. Dalí's unique construction was inspired by his longstanding fascination with optical devices and with the theater.

Gallery label from 2006

Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
[Galerie Fançois Petit (André François Petit), Paris]
Perls Galleries, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired from Perls Galleries, 1981

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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