Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was one of our greatest modern artists and an icon of surrealism. Dalí's fantastic expression in paintings, sculptures, films and writings helped to cement the identity of Surrealism. Drawing inspiration from Freud's psychoanalysis, Einstein's theory of relativity, impressionism and Renaissance painting, Dalí rendered symbolist, fantastical creatures and landscapes. Few artists have had such a peculiar universe as Salvador Dalí, where an imaginative mix of madness executed with technical perfection and precision reigns. His painting "The Persistence of Memory" from 1931 is one of the most famous works of art of all time. Dalí lived as he created - in constant movement, in search of immortality.
In this sculpture, Dalí pays tribute to his beloved wife Gala where the heart-shaped opening in the wall represents their love. In his autobiography, Dalí paints Gala riding a unicorn, "Gala, mounted on the Unicorn of my Fate", suggesting that the unicorn and eternal love for Gala were sources of inspiration. The unicorn itself is a mythical creature that appears in legends from many different cultural backgrounds as a symbol of purity. Beautiful, mysterious and independent. It was also often used as the symbol of the "perfect" knight. The unicorn's horn was believed to cure and heal all kinds of poison. In the sculpture, the unicorn's horn pierces the wall through the heart-shaped opening from which blood drips. The composition in Dalí's sculpture Unicorn is a synthesis of several different messages; the symbolism of the wall, the bleeding heart, Dalí's love for Gala and the woman in the foreground contributing to the feminine and sensual aspect of the sculpture.
Size: Height 57 cm
Technique: Sculpture, lost wax
Caster: Perseo, Switzerland
Year: Created by Dalí in 1977 and the first work in the series was cast in 1984.
Signed and numbered. Certificates from The Dalí Universe and Perseo accompany the sculpture.
Estimated delivery time 6-8 weeks.