Salvador Dalí. Frontispiece for Second Surrealist Manifesto. 1930

Salvador Dalí Frontispiece for Second Surrealist Manifesto 1930

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Dalí had recently joined the Surrealist movement when he executed this drawing, which served as the frontispiece for the "Second Surrealist Manifesto" when it was published in a limited edition of sixty copies in 1930. The composition's upper-right quadrant is dominated by an anthropomorphic chain of flesh, in which a human head turns into a lion, which becomes a misshapen,ant-infested profile. The succession continues with a bird's head, a mustachioed female bust, anothe male profile, and two more frontal faces, one animal and one human. These fantastic characters stretch out in a string of anatomy that might have continued endlessly were it not for the edge of the sheet.

Gallery label from Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration, March 14–July 9, 2012
Ink and gouache on paper
12 x 10 5/8" (30.5 x 26.9 cm)
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
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© 2018 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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