Dali Revealed: Candid Moments from the Artist’s Life

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May 19 2015 - Dec 3 2017

Salvador Dali Museum

St. Petersburg, FL

Dali Revealed includes 48 archival photographs taken by French photographer Robert Descharnes, a close friend and confidant of the Dali’s. Descharnes was introduced to Salvador Dali by the painter Georges Mathieu on board the S. S. America in 1950, while en route to the United States; the two remained friends until the artist’s death in 1989.

This exhibit reveals moments of Dali’s daily life, his wife Gala, their friends, and collectors. Highlights include candid moments at Dali’s home and in his studio, boating, and even at a bull fight. One particularly notable image captures the artist at work on his monumental painting “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea” in his New York residence. These photographs have not been on display for more than ten years and provide a rare glimpse into the extraordinary life of this extraordinary man.

Robert Descharnes (1926–2014) was a photographer, writer and film director. Over the course of their friendship, Mr. Descharnes accumulated over 60,000 negatives and authored several books about Salvador Dali. He and Dali collaborated on cinematic projects over the years, most notably the unfinished film titled “L’Aventure prodigieuse de la Dentellière et du rhinocéros” (The Prodigious Story of the Lacemaker and the Rhinoceros).

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

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  • Photography
  • International
  • 20th Century
  • Robert Descharnes
  • Salvador Dalí

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