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Dali's Horse in Museum Collection

Six small sculptures of the great master



Dali's 'Horse on Long Legs', a sculpture from the Mouseion Collection. This Space Horse is shown on the painting "The Temptation of Saint Anthony", 1946. In the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium.

Photo: Parastone/Dali-Archive


Brussels (bpb) Dali's sculptures from the Parastone-Mouseion Collection are on display at the Museum of European Art in the Nörvenich Castle near Köln. These small sculptures can be found depicted in the paintings of Salvador Dali. To them belong the horse on long legs. It is the central point in the painting "Temptation of Saint Anthony" from 1946.


The painting and the sculpture proclain: Dali's nuclear mysticism in spite of all the laws of gravity. The painting shows: a naked Anthony holds up the cross imploringly in front of the rearing, panicked horse. On its breath-like thin legs, it defies all laws of gravity. The saint strives not to be seduced by the earthy temptations. This is symbolized by the horse as the image of strength, followed by almost suspended elephants, which carry on their backs the symbols of lust and avarice.


The sculpture with stand is about 24 centimeters high. The Mouseion Collection contains five other sculptures: 'Dali-Lady with Drawers', 'Birth of the New Man', 'Dali Space-Elephant', 'Portrait Pablo Picasso' and 'Soft Self-portrait of Dali with Fried Bacon'.


Verkauf bei Museums-Shop: museum@europaeische-kultur-stiftung.org.



Copyright 2003 West-Art, Prometheus 89/2003


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Copyright 2003 West-Art

PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin for Art, Politics and Science.

Nr. 89 Fall 2003