Friday, December 27, 2019

"Santa with Drawers" - Salvador Dalí

A #ThrowbackThursday to the Christmas holidays I spent working at Hallmark. Every year, this Salvador Dalí painting would be displayed in one of the hallways. 

When Dalí presented this piece to Hallmark's founder, J.C. Hall, in 1948, Hall purchased the painting for the company's permanent collection, but promptly locked it away in a vault where it remained hidden for decades. I guess he found it creepy. 

I always felt fortunate to be able to see the original, but I do have questions. Why are Santa and the holly leaf so gigantic? Why is Santa breaking through the ice? I'll just chalk it up to the bizarre sensibilities of Dalí.

"Santa with Drawers" • Salvador Dalí • 1948 • Watercolor on Paper • 13"x10"

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