Religious imagery fascinated and intrigued Dalí throughout his lifetime. For Dalí, angels expressed grace, nobility and lightness. Dalí once said “nothing is more stimulating than the idea of an angel!”. The face and trumpet in the sculpture, echo the Cubist style pioneered by Pablo Picasso, who Dalí admired. It is interesting that Cubism and Surrealism co-exist in this sculpture. The angel’s wings are in perfect equilibrium, referencing Dalí’s obsession with geometrical precision.
Date: conceived in 1976, first cast in 1984
Technique: lost wax process
Edition size : 8 plus 4 EA (plus 2 authorized foundry proofs)
Height : 225 cm
Maquette: original drawing, Triumphant Angel, 1976
Direct intervention (created by Dalí): the idea, image, and original maquette
Indirect intervention (created by artisans): lost wax process and patina