NEW YORK, NY.-
An unpublished painting from 1932 by Salvador Dalí has been rediscovered in a private collection. Authenticated last year by Dalí expert Nicolas Descharnes, the oil on canvas is currently on view at Heather James Fine Art
New York, a new private gallery on the Upper East Side. Heather James Fine Art also operates galleries in Palm Desert, California, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Extensive study including infrared photography, signature and pigment analysis, and archival research led to the painting's certification as a work by Salvador Dalí by Descharnes (who, in 2014, authenticated Dalí's The Intrauterine Birth of Salvador Dalí, circa 1921) and registration in the Archives Descharnes.
Untitled, 1932, depicts a flagpole and/or a boat mast emerging outwards from a darkened window, casting a shadow on fragments of a dilapidated brick wall, set against a cloudy skyscape, and a barren landscape. While the imagery's symbolic significance is intentionally left unclear, the window alludes to the little house Dalí bought in Port Lligat, Spain, in 1930, and lived in with his wife Gala.
According to Descharnes, "This is the first known painting in which Dalí reveals to the public the combination of two new recurring obsessions that appear in his work in 1932: a suspended mast, and a window on a wall shown from an outside perspective displaying the darkness of an interior." The combination of these two motifs with an addition of a white scarf can be found in Dalí's celebrated painting, Morphological Echo, 1934-36, which is part the collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL. The majority of Dalí's important works painted during the 1930s, the crucial decade when he created his most famous imagery, are held in museum collections, and only a handful have appeared on the market over the past decade. "We are delighted to have this rediscovered painting by Dalí on exhibit at our New York gallery. It presents a unique opportunity to own an exceptional work with a distinguished provenance that has remained in private hands for over 75 years," stated James Carona, founder of Heather James Fine Art.