Rare Salvador Dali Portrait of His Wife Gala Goes On Display

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FIGUERES, SPAIN — Antoni Pitxot, director of the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres, and Montse Aguer, director of the Centre for Dalinian Studies, have presented the latest acquisition made by the Dalí Foundation: an oil titled Gala. This painting could be the first portrait of Salvador Dali’s wife and it may be viewed starting today in a montage designed specially for this exhibition by Pep Canaleta.

Salvador Dalí. Gala (detail). 1931. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres.

When, in 1929, Dalí met Gala Éluard, a strong impression was provoked, so intense that from that point on he would never be separated from her – until the death of Gala in June of 1982.

The painter made – from a photographic portrait of Gala – a detailed portrait with collage, full of details. Starting from the smoke of a cigarette, he integrates the iconography of this moment, repeated often in the paintings made between 1929 and 1931 – the lobster, the bird, the figure of the great masturbator, the shells, the squirrel, the ants… – all accompany Gala with long hair; Gala, the ideal woman. A Gala that stares at us with clear sight. A delicately executed portrait and due to its small size, a small jewel.

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