On Tuesday 4th June, a set 15 original Salvador Dalí gouaches will be dispersed by Artcurial during their Impressionist and Modern Art auction. Commissioned annually from the artist between 1959 and 1976 by Spanish pharmaceutical laboratory Hoechst Ibérica, the illustrations were used as company greeting cards. They were exhibited for twenty years at the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueras, the artist’s hometown.
These visually strong drawings illustrate Dalí’s personal mixed medium technique. The ink, gouache, watercolor or collages are accompanied by a manuscript text from the artist on the represented theme. Each of the artist’s surrealist inspirations are portrayed, throughout his great premises: metamorphosis, the chrysalid, Daphné or Don Quixote. They are occasionally associated with a Christmas theme, but mostly by nature and the benefits of medicinal plants. Each gouache carries an estimate between €20,000 - 30,000, and up to €70,000 - 100,000.
The set will be presented in a sneak-preview across Europe to Artcurial’s representative offices during the Spring Selections, exhibited from 14th to 17th May in Munich followed by 22nd to 24th May in Vienna.
Exhibition in Paris
Friday 31 May from 11am to 7pm
Saturday 1st June from 11am to 6pm
Sunday 2nd June from 2pm to 6pm
Monday 3rd June from 11am to 7pm
Auction in Paris
Tuesday 4th June 2019 - 7pm
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