Salvador Dalí. The Little Theater. 1934

Salvador Dalí The Little Theater 1934

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 517 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

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.
Wood and glass, painted
12 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 12 1/4" (32.3 x 42.5 x 31.1 cm)
Acquired through the James Thrall Soby Bequest, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Loula D. Lasker, and William S. Paley Funds
Object number
© 2019 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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[Galerie François Petit (André François Petit), Paris]
Emilio Terry, Paris.
? - 1974, Mme. [Emmy] de Martelaere, Paris.
1974 - 1981, Perls Galleries (stock no. 11471, photo no. P7655), New York, purchased from Mme. de Martelaere, Paris.
1981, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased from Perls Galleries.

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