About Salvador Dali Statue Tristan and Isolde Ballet (1944)
This Parastone three-dimensional resin representation features Salvador Dali Statue Tristan and Isolde Ballet (1944). The artwork depicts the Spanish surrealist painter’s vision of the 12th-century legend of the adulterous love affair between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Iseult (or Isolde). Dali painted it while collaborating with choreographer Leonide Massine for the ballet “Mad Tristan,” inspired by Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde.” He also designed the sets and costumes. The figures of Tristan and Isolde were painted by Salvador Dalí in 1944 as the backdrop for a ballet, on the stage of the International Theater in New York. The tale of this ballet, for which Dali wrote the libretto, began before the war. At that time that title was Mad Tristan and was to be performed in Paris. The war prevented the production in Paris, and the spectacle was brought to New York. “As with everything else,” Dali writes in The Secret Life, “my Mad Tristan, which was to have been my most successful theatrical venture, could not be given; so it became Venusberg and finally Bacchanale, which is the definitive version.” The ballet is favorable ground for Dali to put his paranoiac-critical method into practice with happy results. Unfortunately, most of the time his directions were not followed exactly in the production of the scenery and staging; his ideas often seemed too difficult to execute in actual practice, they were too costly, and they could not be accepted under the security rules normally applied to theaters. More details Salvador Dali Statue Tristan and Isolde Ballet (1944):
- Dimensions: 4″ in. x 9″ in. x 3″ in. (est)
- Weight: 1 lb (est)
- Materials: Resin.
- Part of Parastone’s Museum Collection.
About Salvador Dalí
The Surrealists’ exploration of the human psyche and dreams reached new heights in the works of the Spanish-born Salvador Dalí. In his paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and designs for furniture and movies, Dalí probed a deeply erotic dimension, studying the writings of Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud, and inventing what he called the “paranoiac-critical method” to assist his creative process. As he described it, in his painting he aimed to “materialize the images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialistic fury of precision…in order that the world of imagination and of concrete irrationality may be as objectively evident…as that of the exterior world of phenomenal reality.” Dalí’s surrealist works are characterized by their haunting allegorical empty space where eve time has ended. An eerie, never-setting sun usually illuminates the barren landscapes, with often amorphous and imaginary creatures in the foreground. Dalí rendered every detail of this dreamscape with precise control, striving to make the world of his paintings convincingly real–in his words, to make the irrational concrete.