Salvador Dali, a Spanish surrealist painter, is known for his explorations of subconscious imagery. One of his famous pieces is entitled “The Persistence of Memory”, painted in 1931, depicting several melting clocks. All his works are incredibly grounded in the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud, making it more and more interesting for viewers and his co-artists.
“My whole ambition in the pictorial domain is to materialize the images of my concrete irrationality with the most imperialist fury of precision,” Dalí wrote in his book Conquest of the Irrational.
One of his famous wood engraving of a woman and man depicts a purgatory scene–which was commissioned by the Italian government to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri. This particular piece of art was discovered at a North Carolina thrift shop. With a volunteer’s help, while sorting paintings being lined up on the floor, the familiar work was then checked by an expert. Later, it was confirmed that it came from Dalí’s The Divine Comedy series. Thanks to the volunteer who helped the piece brought back to light, the wood engraving was finally sold for USD1,200.
“It’s like a treasure hunt, and thanks to Wendy, it’s been rescued and brought to light so people in the art world can really enjoy it,” said Melanie Smith, a fine arts appraiser.