SALVADOR DALÍ Y DOMENECH - Tienta en Espana (Epreuve de corrida en Espagne) - image-1

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SALVADOR DALÍ Y DOMENECH - Tienta en Espana (Epreuve de corrida en Espagne)

Auction 1177 - overview Cologne
17.06.2021, 18:00 - Modern/Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 80.000 € - 100.000 €
Result: 143.750 € (incl. premium)


Tienta en Espana (Epreuve de corrida en Espagne)

India ink, watercolour, and gouache on card with blindstamp "Strathmore" 75.5 x 101.3 cm Framed under glass. Signed, dated, and titled 'TienTA en ESPANA Dalí 1960' in black India ink lower centre.

Salvador Dalí was one of the 20th century's important artists. Between Surrealism and Dada, his oeuvre ranges from painting to drawing, sculpture and graphic art and all the way to jewellery objects. And Dalí was not least a writer, essayist and stage designer: he left behind an oeuvre that knows no bounds in terms of art forms and which has lastingly influenced performance art and happenings as well as - and especially - the theatre, ballet and film.
Our striking drawings are also vaguely reminiscent of theatrical sets - tableaux which the artist has laid out in receding lines and staged much like a director. While the bullfighters and other protagonists collide like miniature figures on a chessboard and bring the arena to life in a literal sense in "Tienta en Espana (Epreuve de corrida en Espagne)", the beds of the "Esplanade des Invalides" are surrounded by precise rows of little trees, whose stirring of associations with little soldiers is not coincidental at this site. The blots of ink which have been applied with extreme freedom and which form the right edge of the composition stand in stark contrast to this. These works demonstrate Dalí's standing as a virtuoso of proportion, volumes and space - themes with which the artist intensively occupied himself in the context of his multifaceted work. They are works displaying the highest artistic mastery.
These large-format watercolours served Salvador Dalí as source images for the two etchings of the same name - they are to be seen as rare, representative works on paper from the early 1960s.


We would like to thank Nicolas Descharnes, Azay-le-Rideau, for kind information. The work is registered and documented in his archive under no. "d0057_1960".


Collection Jean-Paul Schneider; Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne; Private collection, Rhineland


Robert Descharnes, Dalí - Sein Werk, sein Leben, Cologne 1984, p. 360 with colour illus.


Stuttgart/Zurich 1989 (Staatsgalerie/Kunsthaus), Salvador Dalí; Montreal 1990 (Museum of Fine Arts), Salvador Dalí; Cologne 2000 (Galerie Orangerie-Reinz), 40 Jahre Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, without cat. no., p. 71