Galatea of the Spheres by Salvador Dali



"Galatea of the Spheres" (1952)
Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989)
 Oil on canvas; 65 x 54 cm
Fundacion Gala-Salvador-Dali, Figueras, Spain

The Galatea of the Spheres is a marvelous portrait of Salvador Dali's wife known as Gala. Gala was born Elena Ivanovna Diakonova (7 September 1894 – 10 June 1982) in Russia, to a family of intellectuals. Dali first met Gala in 1929 while working on the film Un Chien Andalou with Luis Bunuel- Gala was the wife of another Surrealist, Paul Eluard. Salvador Dali seduced Gala away from Eluard. In 1934 Dali and Gala were married in a civil ceremony in Paris and in 1958 the church permitted a Catholic ceremony (Gala's former husband died in 1952) and forever after she became known as Gala Éluard Dalí. Gala managed Dali's business affairs for their entire marriage a task to which the artist was unsuited. Salvador Dali considered Gala his world and his saviour and signed many of his works with her name.

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