Some more Sculptures from The Stratton Institute’s Collection “Dalí Universe”

Being the continuation of a first post on this same blog:  ‘Hommage à Terpsichore’, after Salvador Dalí – Faceless Beauty

This collection was conceived in 1977, and the first sculptures were cast in 1984 —five years before the artist’s death—. It is beautiful and often spectacular, but I don’t believe it was wholly designed by Dalí. Certainly he gave his approval to the designs, and moreover they depict well-known images —some of them, iconic— from his paintings and drawings; so it is not unfair to call it “Dalí Universe”.

I like it. And my sister loved it and wrote almost entirely the previous post about it (except the final notes, added by me).

L’Ange Triomphant and La Licorne are my favourite pieces among all, along with L’Hommage à Terpsichore that Ariel selected to make her first post.

 

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L’Ange Triomphant – L’Àngel Triomfant – Triumphant Angel (as exhibited in Kaohsiung: “Dalí, Mind and Genius”)

 

I show here two sets; the first presents some museum-sized sculptures (more or less life-sized for the human figures); the second —which may be seen among the permanent collection of the Espace Dalí at Paris, for instance— illustrates some of the mid-sized ones; and often quite different, both in materials and hues.

A closer view of the last sculpture:

Dancer (detail of the face and bust)
Dancer (detail of the head and bust)

 



 


All photograps in the first set come from the Stratton Institute, and you can find more images on this associated website: http://www.thedaliuniverse.com/en

The pictures in the second set come from L’Espace Dalí, Paris.


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9 thoughts on “Some more Sculptures from The Stratton Institute’s Collection “Dalí Universe”

  1. Wonderful post and amazing sculptures. I’m enjoying all of them, but especially the unicorn playing on the theme of Odysseus and the Cyclops – love it!

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind feedback! ✨ Dalí’s imaginery is often difficult to interpret, but in this case I think you are right when seeing a Cyclops – perhaps not an Homeric one, but come from Hesiod’s Theogony instead, where their name is invoked in connection with massive masonry, and hence Dalí’s depiction of this one as a stone wall. Also, I think that the girl lying on the ground could be Galatea, the sea nymph coveted by Polyphemus, as written by Theocritus. The heart-shaped eye might support this interpretation of mine.
      Thanks again, and best wishes!

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  2. lol, it seems Odysseus knew about that too, according to Philoxenus:

    Philoxenus of Cythera, Fragment 818 (from Synesius, Letters) :
    “Odysseus was trying to persuade Polyphemos (Polyphemus) to let him out of the cave : ‘For I am a sorcerer,’ he said, ‘and I could give you timely help in your unsuccessful marine love: I know incantations and binding charms and love spells which Galatea is unlikely to resist even for a short time. For your part, just promise to move the door–or rather this door-stone: it seems as big as a promontory to me–or I’ll return more quickly than it takes to tell, after winning the girl over. Winning her over, do I say? I’ll produce her here in person, made compliant by many enchantments. She’ll beg and beseech you, and you will play coy and hide your true feelings. But one thing worries me in all this : I’m afraid the goat-stink of your fleecy blankets may be offensive to a girl who lives in luxury and washes many times a day. So it would be a good idea if you put everything in order and swept and washed and fumigated your room, and better still if you prepared wreaths of ivy and bindweed to garland yourself and your darling girl. Come on, why waste time? Why not put your hand to the door now?’
    At this Polyphemos roared with laughter and clasped his hands, and Odysseus imagined he was beside himself with joy at the thought that he would win his darling; but instead he stroked him under the chin and said, ‘No-man, you seem to be a shrewd little fellow, a smooth businessman; start work on some elaborate scheme, however, for you won’t escape from here.’” [from http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/NereisGalateia.html%5D

    Thanks for the fun. If I find a way to combine all this into my Tumblr, I’ll include a link to your blog!

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    1. Hahaha! :)) I’m very glad to read this. I ignored everything about Philoxenus and his work, so, your contribution is most welcome.
      Moreover, it seems you are a true expert in ancient Greek literature and mythology (which I am not 🙂
      I wish my sister was here to talk with you about this particular matter, since she was quite knowledgeable in classical philology and had the Odyssey among her bedside books. (In fact, this blog was (still is!) hers, and I am just trying to keep it alive after her passing.)
      Thanks heartily for the comment and the information ❤ !
      I’ll read your posts on “The Shield of Achilles” when I have some time; your blog looks truly interesting – and visually beautiful as well.
      Best regards!

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      1. Thanks very much, Li, your words are beautiful and generous, to me and to the memory of your clearly beloved sister. I’m very happy to meet you and look forward to continuing the interesting conversations!
        ;^)
        Kathleen

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