Salvador Dalí’s striking 1937 diptych, entitled Couple aux têtes pleines de nuages, will lead Bonhams’ Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London this March. The oil-on-wood panel painting, framed by the outlines of the artist and his wife Gala, depicts the couple, as the title suggests, with their “heads full of clouds.” The painting is expected to fetch up to £10 million (approx. $13 million USD) at auction.
The panels feature a desert landscape filled with the artist’s reoccurring surrealist motifs — scattered rocks, a disfigured tree, a giraffe on fire and indistinct human figures. Created at the height of his Surrealist period, the diptych showcases Dalí’s interest in exploring Freudian psychologies and the unconscious mind. Like many of his significant works, the painting is signed Gala Salvador Dalí to honor his wife.
For more than half a century, the work was part of the collection of the Italian Modernist composer Giacinto Scelsi. He was an associate of the Surrealist circle in the ’20s and spent time with Dalí and Gala during their travels in Italy. The painting hung in the composer’s living room until his death in 1988.
Couple aux têtes pleines de nuages is available to view at Bonhams’ main saleroom from now until February 23. The Impressionist and Modern Art sale will take place on March 26.
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At Bonhams, our heads are in the clouds for this surrealist masterpiece by Salvador Dalí titled ‘Couple aux têtes pleines de nuages’ (1937). The diptych, offered for the first time at auction, will lead our Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in London on 26 March. – “Dalí’s ‘Couple aux têtes pleines de nuages’ (1937) is a masterpiece from the height of his key surrealist period. It is full of the highly personal imagery that made Dalí perhaps the most exciting member of the Surrealist group during these years of experimentation, revealing his obsession with Freudian psychology as much as his obsession with his great lover and muse Gala.” – India Phillips, Global Head of Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art department – Visit this masterpiece at our main saleroom from January 30 until February 23 at 101 New Bond Street London. – It has an estimate of £7,000,000 – 10,000,000. – #Bonhams1793 #BonhamsImpressionist #SalvadorDali #MasterPiece #FineArt #ImpressionistArt #Art #Surrealist #OilPaint #Artist #Auction #ArtCollector #Muse #London bc