DALÍ, Salvador, 1904-1989 • The Cosmic Rays Resuscitating
Soft Watches, 1965

“The Cosmic Rays Resuscitating Soft Watches” is one of Dali’s most defining endeavors, capturing the symphonic elements and mystery of his oeuvre. Come visit us at 224 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California to see
this astonishing masterpiece.

The piece is of profound significance to understanding the progression of Dalí’s stylistic methodology over six decades. Contextualizing the tumultuous period that Dalí lived and worked in is of utmost importance to understanding the stylistic trajectory of his work. Dalí was a product of his time and his deep appreciation of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psychoanalysis, is consistently expressed in his work. Freud’s doctrines of the influence of the subconscious are now inseparable from Dalí’s art. Dalí expressed his own interpretation of Freud’s work by giving perceivable form to the intangible images of his subconscious.

“The Cosmic Rays Resuscitation Soft Watches” is a unique example of  the vulnerability he offers to his viewers by revealing Dalí’s darkest depths. He also incorporates traditional imagery and motifs into his dreamscapes that are inhabited by monsters of his psyche. He brought dreams to canvas, encouraging the world to dive deeply into the depths of his mind and also, perhaps to consider the beasts that inhabit their own subconscious minds.

An interesting piece of trivia is that Dalí conjured his famously recognizable clocks in the summer of 1931, as the melting Camembert cheese he was enjoying in the garden caught his attention.

Color lithograph on Arches paper
Signed and numbered in pencil
25 x 38 1/4 in.