DALÍ THE SCULPTOR
Salvador Dalí was not only a painter but also a multifaceted and eclectic artist in the true sense of the word. He has been widely recognized as a sculptor, writer, illustrator, director, jewellery designer and much more.
The passion and overwhelming desire to express himself with sculpture became a constant in his life. He was particularly interested in sculpture from 1934 until 1987.
Dalí was fascinated by this artistic technique and conceived a series of original models to be transformed into surreal sculptures and objects. In this way his creative genius was able to manifest himself in three-dimensionality, transforming into sculptures that remain among the most famous and beloved iconographic images created during his life. The artworks are made of bronze, using the lost wax casting technique. This technique consists in creating a wax model and using it to make a mold in which to pour the molten bronze. In addition to the bronze works, Dalí created one of the most interesting collections of coloured glass sculptures in the world. The collection is the result of his artistic collaboration with the prestigious French glass factory Daum Cristallerie. Dalí made the first glass objects in the 1940s, but the most important part of his work began in 1968 for Daum and then spanned almost twenty years. Dalí believed that the 'pâte de Verre (glass paste)' offered the perfect tool for "the expression of metamorphosis" which, according to the artist, was his surrealist perception of reality. The Daum collection allows us to admire the genius of the Catalan master through the semi-transparency of sculptures modelled in coloured glass.
Dalí distinguished himself during his career for his extensive production.
In the 30s, in addition to his famous paintings, he continued his creative research in new ways of artistic expression. Thanks to his relationship with Jean-Michel Frank, a well-known and appreciated Parisian interior designer of the time, he developed various ideas, transforming practical everyday items into extravagant and stunning objects of indeterminate use.
Thanks to the friendship with the intriguing designer Elsa Schiaparelli, he entered the fashion world. In fact, he created sensational clothes, which were also light and exaltation of his works. During his career, the meeting with designers and goldsmiths marked the beginning of new artistic contamination. The collaboration with some jewellers, indeed, gave full consistency to his visionary insights: he designed various collections of jewellery and incredible sculptures studded with precious stones.