Salvador Dali Sketch for Marx Brothers Goes On Display

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Salvador Dali. Le piano surréaliste. 1937.

PUBOL, SPAIN — The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí is set to present their latest acquisition by the Surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí – a drawing made from carbon and pastels titled The Surrealist Piano, which can be seen in Púbol until September 30.

The drawing, previously owned by American comedians, the famous Marx Brothers, was bought by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí at a London Christie’s auction on June 23, 2009.

The drawing is one of the sketches Dali did during the breaks in the filming of the Marx brothers’ A Day at the Races. Dali drew the work for his solo exhibition and to participate in the anthological exhibition Fantastic Art Dada and Surrealism, organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The surrealist painter had expressed his fascination with the works by the Marx brothers and the figure of Harpo Marx, who invited Dali to paint him.

The Surrealist Piano incorporates several typical Dalinean themes, from the phallic cypress tree reminiscent of Böcklin’s Island of the Dead erupting through a piano, to the figure of a naked woman with the face of a clock.


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