Artist: Salvador Dalí Domenech (1904-1989) Medium: Original drawing on the page of the King Cole Bar Menu
Size: 71 x 51.4 cm
Robert Descharnes, Paris
Nicholas Descharnes, Paris
Peter Lucas - Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America
Provenance: Private American Collection Condition: Pristine
Bacchanale was a ballet conceived by Dali in 1938 (originally named Venusberg in German), for which the artist wrote the scenario and designed the costumes and backdrops. Dali premiered Bacchanale – he referred to it as the “first paranoiac ballet,” based on the eternal myth of love unto death – in 1939 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, with choreography by Leonide Massine for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. It was set to the music of Richard Wagner – whose insane patron, King Ludwig II, was portrayed in the scenario – and was based on Wagner’s Tannhauser and the myth of Leda and the Swan.
Here is a bit of history, and one of the original RARE drawings from 1938