Savador Dali, Standing Figure With Drawers (untitled), Signed, 1961
Salvador Dali (Spanish) 1904 - 1989. Untitled Standing Figure With Drawers, blue ballpoint pen on Arches Buff paper unframed 76.4 x 57 centimeters. Watermark lower right "ARCHES FRANCE" signed and dated lower right in charcoal "Dali 1961" excellent condition with exception of acid "mat burn" around margins of paper
This sketch bears a direct relationship to a drawing Salvador Dali created for AMERICAN WEEKLY magazine. The later, and more complete work with recto and verso views, is illustrated in the widely distributed Abrams DALI book edited by Max Gerard with text translated by Dali friend and coordinator, Eleanor Morse whose collection became the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The drawing contains four recognizable Dali devices: a figure with drawers (where one hides personal details and information), a head with spouting branches, orthogonal lines representing the plain of Ampurdam in Catalonia and a "shot hip." Dali always liked prominent hip bones or, at least, a stance that caused one hip to stick out to the side. The drawing for AMERICAN WEEKLY includes an extension of the brain held up by a Dalinian crutch, an image only hinted at in the drawing.
"I believe this is an original drawing by Salvador Dali." Bernard Ewell, Art Appraisers LLC, the leading Dali appraiser in the world.