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Elephant
Elephant (side view) Swan (Flip-Side)

Artist: Salvador Dali, Spanish (1904 - 1989)
Title: Swan-Elephant
Year: 1967
Medium: Bronze Sculpture, Signature and number inscribed
Edition: 5/6
Size: 4.5 in. x 8 in. x 5.5 in. (11.43 cm x 20.32 cm x 13.97 cm)
Price: On Request

Reference: Figure 288 in "Dali Sculptures & Objects: The Hard and the Soft" by Descharnes, page 118

"In 1967, thanks to one of our Swiss publishers I presented the director of Air India, whose European bse was in Geneva, to Dali. Dali wanted to offer the airline a "Swan-Elephant" in exchange for a living elephant in order to celebrate the passage Hannibal's elephant, Tsurus, through the Pyrenees. After seeing the mode of the Swan-Elephant, Dali was hell bent to photograph it on a pure white plate filled with milk. It was sort of ritual of purity and the swan of Leda.. The theme of the Swan-Elephant was already present in the ballet Bacchanale in 1939." - Robert Descharnes

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