Salvador Dalí. Frontispiece for Second Surrealist Manifesto. 1930

Salvador Dalí

Frontispiece for Second Surrealist Manifesto

1930

Medium
Ink and gouache on paper
Dimensions
12 x 10 5/8" (30.5 x 26.9 cm)
Credit
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Object number
585.1967
Copyright
© 2017 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Salvador Dalí has 42 works  online.
There are 14,978 drawings online.

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

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