Salvador Dalí. Retrospective Bust of a Woman. 1933 (some elements reconstructed 1970)

Salvador Dalí Retrospective Bust of a Woman 1933 (some elements reconstructed 1970)

  • Not on view

Like other Surrealists, Dalí constructed sculpture from disparate found objects. The genesis of this work was his discovery of an inkwell featuring the figures from Jean-Francois Millet's painting The Angelus (1857–59). He embedded the inkwell in a loaf of bread and placed them both on an accessorized bust. The necklace is a strip of repeating images from a zoetrope, a precinematic toy that provides the illusion of movement as it rotates.

Gallery label from Dalí: Painting and Film, June 29–September 15, 2008
Painted porcelain, bread, corn, feathers, paint on paper, beads, ink stand, sand, and two pens
29 x 27 1/4 x 12 5/8" (73.9 x 69.2 x 32 cm)
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest and gift of Philip Johnson (both by exchange)
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© 2018 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture