description of Objet Surréaliste à fonctionnement symbolique—le soulier de Gala (Surrealist object that functions symbolically—Gala’s Shoe) by Salvador Dalí

This piece features an assortment of seemingly random objects gathered together to create a single, absurd, sculpture. The central object is a women’s red leather dress shoe with a red block heel, resting on small black pillars that stand on a black platform. Rising up behind the shoe is a thin rod, approximately one-and-a-half feet tall. A horizontal bar balances atop the rod, with objects dangling from lengths of twine at each end - like a simple scale. Tied to the twine over the heel of the shoe is a small grey block that might be metal. Tied to the other length of twine, closer to the toe, is a slightly larger block of what appears to be dirty white foam. Several objects have been placed inside the shoe, though their randomness makes them difficult to identify. Closest to the toe is a small glass cup that is lined with what appears to be candle wax. A brass bolt screwed into a nut stands inside the cup. Beside the cup is a strange brown object that resembles two claw-like pincers emerging from a coil of the same brown material. A black and white photograph of a naked couple stands in a small, open box that is stuck to the side of the shoe. Two tiny pictures of Victorian high heeled shoes have been printed on small blocks of foam, and placed side-by-side in front of the platform. Sitting directly on the platform is an object resembling a wooden spoon, and what appears to be a hairball inside another small, open box.

Salvador Dalí, Objet Surréaliste à fonctionnement symbolique—le soulier de Gala (Surrealist object that functions symbolically—Gala’s Shoe), 1931/1975
Salvador Dalí, Objet Surréaliste à fonctionnement symbolique—le soulier de Gala (Surrealist object that functions symbolically—Gala’s Shoe), 1931/1975; shoe, marble, photographs, clay, and mixed media, 20 x 8 x 15 3/4 in. (50.8 x 20.32 x 40.01 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Norah and Norman Stone; © Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Salvador Dalí, Objet Surréaliste à fonctionnement symbolique—le soulier de Gala (Surrealist object that functions symbolically—Gala’s Shoe), 1931/1975

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Objet Surréaliste à fonctionnement symbolique—le soulier de Gala (Surrealist object that functions symbolically—Gala’s Shoe)
Artist name
Salvador Dalí
Date created
1931/1975
Classification
sculpture
Medium
shoe, marble, photographs, clay, and mixed media
Dimensions
20 x 8 x 15 3/4 in. (50.8 x 20.32 x 40.01 cm)
Date acquired
2007
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Norah and Norman Stone
Copyright
© Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2007.143.A-B
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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