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Description: Dali wrote this manifesto soon after his surrealist take on Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, for the “Dream of Venus” pavilion entrance at 1939 New York World Fair, was replaced by its organizers. Unable to accept a woman with a fish-head as reality for the grotto, they substituted the fish-head with the head of Venus. The Manifesto was Dali’s protest.

Four pages, tall single fold folio sheet measuring 15” x 8 ½”. Dali’s original Venus concept is depicted on the first page with the title “Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to His Own Madness” below it. The Manifesto text follows.  Item #DA00391

Salvatore Dali (1904-1989) was a Spanish Surrealist artist, writer, critic, and provocateur. His film with Luis Bun֮uel, Un Chien Andalou, introduced Surrealism to the larger public, drawing him into the limelight. The Persistence of Memory (1931) is his most famous painting.

Condition: Light toning on the top edges. Small ink smudges above the text on page 2 and 3 and below the text on the last page. Generally, in very good condition.