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Salvador Dali  Imaginations and Objects of the Future Suite

Breathing Pneumatic Armchair

Breathing Pneumatic Armchair
Dimensions: 30 x 22″
Medium: Mixed Media
Edition Number: #144/250

“Imagine an anthropomorphic chair that you plug into a wall that breathes at a programmed rate. This means that even from a therapeutic standpoint it is very desirable because we can easily put children to sleep as in a cradle. Instead of rocking them, we put them in a breathing cradle and the movement puts them to sleep. For the greater calm of adults, instead of the rocking chair, which one must activate by one’s self, you sit down and the chair breathes in unison, or on the contrary, in counterpoint to your breathing. This has the psychopathological effect of calming you and establishing an intra-uterine harmony, not only with the room, but with the whole cosmos, since we ourselves are linked to such movements, harmoniously connected with the cosmos itself.” Extremely proud of his claim to promote harmony with the cosmos, Dalí sketches an outline of himself, mustached and crowned, to the right of his armchair invention. The lion’s head underneath the chair (from Dalí’s “Accommodations of Desires,” 1926) may symbolize the passion, fear, and prowess of the human psyche, now subsumed under the calming rhythm of the pneumatic chair.

SKU: M-DALI-10033 Artist: Tag:
Nicole Wolff
Gallery Director

Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age Dalí was encouraged to practice his art, and he would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí's first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.