Salvador Dali - Projet pour l'installation Rainy Taxi

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Original gouache, pen & pencil on paper, 1968. Female conductor in an umbrella costume and taxi decorated with 4 umbrellas, dedicated “POUR LAR” (Laurance Rudzinoff). Verso in the centre “POUR LAR” signed below “Dali” manuscript for RAINING TAXI. Written by Moore ?, vertically on the right “AUTHENTICATED /ON THE / 27 FEB 1970” signed a second time vertically “Dali” and by John Peter Moore “witness” signed J P Moore. Written in pencil to left “Poly MAT /GOLD LIP (Illigible) F101 LEAF. The drawing being on the reverse of a letter dated 14th March 1968 in Spanish from Mme I de Rosa, The University of Connecticut, addressed to Salvador Dali

Size: Paper size: 18.5 x 26.7 cms

Authentication: We have a certificate from Robert & Nicolas Descharnes dated 1st July 2013 number d5241

Literature: Dada, Surrealism, and their Heritage by William S Rubin, Published by the Museum of Modern Art for their exhibition in 1967 (A copy of this sold with the drawing) - see page 154.

Note: This working drawing was executed by Dali in New York at the time of the Museum of Modern Art's Dada, Surrealism and their Heritage Exhibition, March-June 1968. The artist made it to show how his installation, Rainy Taxi, needed to be erected.

In the MOMA catalogue of the 1967 exhibition (Page 154) it describes the Surrealist Exhibition which had opened in January 1938 at the Galerie Beaux Arts. The Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme , organised by Andre Bretonand Paul Eluard. The main hall of the Exposition was designed by Marcel Duchamp and Wolfgang Paalen who was responsible for the supervision of the water installations. A reconstruction of the original installation is installed in the open courtyard of the Dali Theatre and Museum   in Figueras, Catalonia Spain. In this the lobby was dominated by Dali’s “Rainy Taxi” also known as Mannequin Rotting in a Taxi-Cab. This was a three-dimensional artwork created by Salvador Dali consisting of an actual automobile with two mannequin occupants. A male chauffeur with a shark head was in the front seat, and a female sat in the back seat. A system of pipes causes "rainfall" within the taxi. The female wears an evening dress, her hair is tousled, and lettuce and chicory grow around her. Live snails crawl across her body. Our drawing is a later representation of that earlier theme with just a taxi and a single passenger.

John Peter Moore, A former British Army captain , first met Dalí in 1956 when he was working with film producer and director Alexander Korda in Rome, and arranged for him to be paid in cash for a painting of Laurence Olivier as Richard III. The two became friends. In 1960 Dalí employed Moore as his personal secretary and, from 1965, as his business manager. Together with Dalí's wife, Gala, they travelled regularly to New York for the winter, Paris for the spring, and Cadaqués, in northern Spain, for the summer. Moore made money for Dalí through his merchandising schemes. "I was Goldfinger to Dalí," Moore said later. "I suggested he make graphics, lithographs, bed sheets, shoes, socks, ties anything saleable.” Although he was replaced in 1975, he maintained good relations with Dalí and Gala. With his wife, Catherine Perrot, he opened the Perrot-Moore Museum in Cadaqués in 1978 to show his collection of Dalís to the public.

Provenance: A gift by Dali to the previous owner