Modern Art Monday Presents: Salvador Dali, The Little Theater

salvador dali the little theater photo by gail worley
All Photos By Gail

This illuminated diorama-like construction contains eleven, parallel painted-glass panels. Both pictorial illusion and actual depth produce a sense of receding space, from the proscenium arch of the front panel to the sky on the furthest, with various bizarre objects, figures and scenarios sandwiched in- between.

salvador dali the little theater photo by gail worley

This unusual work may have been Dali’s attempt to recreate “a large, square box” he had seen as a boy: “It was a kind of optical theater, which provided me with the greatest measure of illusion of my childhood. I have never been able to determine or reconstruct  in my mind exactly what art was like.

salvador dali the little theater photo by gail worley

Salvador Dali’s The Little Theater (1934) Was Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

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