Sunrise sail on an exceptional curtain of Salvador Dalí auction

Lempertz study offers for sale a curtain painted by Dali in 1944 and titled “mad Tristan”. This exceptional work is probably the greatest surrealist paintings in the world. It is currently on display in Brussels at the auction house and will be available for sale private on 3 December.

Salvador Dali, painter and Decorator

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century but also as one of the representatives of surrealism. He is known particularly for his many paintings, sculptures and graphic works. But the Spanish artist’s work also includes a number of sets of opera, ballet and theatre.

“Tristan insane”: dialogue of Dali with the work of Richard Wagner

Dalí begins in the middle of the 1930s to devote part of his artistic production at the theatre. During the design of the piece “Tristan Fou’, the artist endorses both the roles of choreographer and Director, but also those of set designer and costume designer. The original context of the play is actually a dialogue of Dali with the work of Richard Wagner.

A monumental decoration who traveled throughout Europe


It was only in 1944 that the project was born at the international theatre in New York. Dali, then living in the United States, reworked the first draft of his “mad Tristan” dating back to 1938 with the collaboration of choreographer Léonide Massine. In addition to this huge curtain that sets the stage for the drama of Tristan and Iseult, the painter designed also two scenes of background. Its huge success New York, exhibit and its monumental décor travel across Europe and thus reap the cheers of the audience of the major scenes of London, Paris, Barcelona, Venice and even Monte Carlo.



El Salvador Dali Y Domenech, Tristan crazy, 1944, stage curtain.

Mixed media (tempera, pastel and oil) on canvas of cotton in different parts.

8,76 x 14,76 m.


Inscribed on the back at the top left at the black brush (probably by the artist) ‘TRISTA T DROP’ and down to doubt with a black stamp “UNITED SCENIC ARTISTS / LOCAL 829.

Professional catering ordered in 2009 by the previous owners.

Copyright: Lempertz

Private sale. Exhibition in Brussels from October 18 to December 3.

Estimate on request.