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Salvador Dali Le masque mortuaire de Napoléon, 1970

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  • Medium

    Sculpture : bronze

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    8.7 x 11 x 7.5 inch

  • Display

    The sculpture cannot be displayed outdoors

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 8 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Offered by the gallery

    Galerie Dali Paris
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    References: "Dalí: the hard and the soft, sculptures and objects" by Descharnes. Eccart, 2004. p. 140 ref. 361.

    The death mask of Napoleon was made on his face the day after his death by Doctor Antommarchi and the English surgeon Burton (Napoleon died May 5th 1821).

    The face was then, according to witnesses, changed and sagging. On May 8th, was drawn the first test whose facial block would be removed the following night by Mrs. Bertrand (spouse of the Grand Marshal) and Antommarchi, leaving to the doctor only the peripheral parts, skulls, ears, etc. Antommarchi took the precious object back to France. Obviously, the molding he owned was incomplete and he had to reconstruct the shape of the skull; This explains the discordance of this form with the known portraits of the Emperor, as well as the absence of the ears, replaced by an imprecise form.

    Dali asked for permission to mold the mask to the family who held it, he transformed it by making horns appear on the eyelids, forehead and chin.
    He had found an analogy between the strength of rhinoceroses, a kind of locomotive, as Napoleon had in his time: he did not stop working all his life.
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Salvador Dali

Spain Born in: 1904 Famous artist

Salvador Dalí, in full Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech, was born May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain, and died on January 23, 1989. This Spanissurrealist painter and printmaker was known for his explorations of subconscious imagery.


As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí absorbed a number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical dexterity as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style. First, his discovery of Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery. Second, his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish a “greater reality" of the human subconscious over reason. To evoke images from his subconscious mind, Dalí partook in self-induced hallucinatory states, a process he described as “paranoiac-critical". 


Upon Dalí establishing this method, his painting style matured at an extraordinary rate. Thanks to René Magritte and Joan Miró, from 1929 to 1937, Dalí had produced the artworks that had earned him the title of the world's best-known Surrealist artist. He depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed, deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational manner.


The famous artist dabbled in other media as well. Alongside Spanish director Luis Buñuel, Dalí made two Surrealist films—Un Chien Andalou (1928; An Andalusian Dog) and L'Âge d'Or (1930; The Golden Age)—that are similarly filled with grotesque but highly suggestive images. Dalí also wrote books; perhaps the most interesting and revealing being The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942-44).


By the late 1930s, Dalí switched to painting in a more academic style under the influence of the Renaissance painter Raphael. By doing so, he was consequently expelled from the Surrealist movement. Thereafter, he spent much of his time designing theatre sets, fashionable shop interiors, jewelry, as well as exhibiting his genius for flamboyant self-promotional stunts in the United States, where he lived from 1940 to 1955.


From 1950 to 1970, Dalí painted many works with religious themes, although he continued to explore erotic subjects, childhood memories, and themes surrounding his wife, Gala. Despite their technical accomplishments, Dalí's later paintings are not as highly regarded as his earlier works. 

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