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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Salvador Dali, Spanish (Figueres, Spain 1904 - 1989 Figueres, Spain)
Composition 1937 - Figures of Drawers
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Cannibalisme des tiroirs
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black and gray ink on off-white wove paper
actual: 54.9 x 75.9 cm (21 5/8 x 29 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black ink, l.l.: Gala Salvador Dali 1937
[Pierre Colle, Paris], sold; to Allan Roos,late 1930s, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1957.

NOTE: See letter from Allan Roos (Feb. 19, 1958) in curatorial file: "I bought it in the late '30's in Paris from the gallery then run by Pierre Colle which to the best of my knowledge no longer exists. I have some vague impression that this gallery was run not only by Pierre Colle but Loeb as well but I have not seen it on any recent trip to Paris, not heard it referred to or found it listed in 'Arts et Spectacles.'"
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Allan Roos
© Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Sidney Simon and Emily S. Rauh, 20th Century Master Drawings, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1963), no. 24

Surrealism, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1963), no. 7, detail repr. on cover

Una E. Johnson, 20th Century Drawings, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1964), pl. 94

Daniel M. Mendelowitz, Drawing, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY, 1967), p. 437, fig. 18-11

Daniel Abadie, Salvador Dalí rétrospective 1920-1980, exh. cat., Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou (Paris, France, 1979), pl. 204

Simon Wilson, Salvador Dali, exh. cat., Tate Britain (London, England, 1980), no. 137

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, fig. 84, p. 96

Karin v. Maur, Salvador Dali (1904-1989), exh. cat., Verlag Gerd Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany, 1989), no. 157, repr.

Karen Meekyong Kim, "'As if He Wasn't There': Obstacles and Imagination in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Work and Life", Exposé (Essays from the Harvard Expository Writing Program) (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1997-1998), p. 25

[Reproduction only], Exposé (Essays from the Harvard Expository Writing Program), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1997-1998)., repr. p. 25

Dawn Ades, ed., Dalí, exh. cat., Bompiani Arte (Milan, 2004), cat. no. 166, repr. (color)

Exhibition History

Surrealism, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/30/1963 - 05/31/1963

20th Century Master Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 11/06/1963 - 01/05/1964; University of Minnesota Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 02/03/1964 - 03/15/1964; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/06/1964 - 05/24/1964

Salvador Dalí rétrospective 1920-1980, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris Cedex 04, 12/18/1979 - 04/14/1980

Salvador Dali, Tate Britain, London, 05/14/1980 - 06/29/1980

Modern Art at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1985 - 01/05/1986

Salvador Dali 1904-1989, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 05/12/1989 - 07/23/1989; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, 08/18/1989 - 10/22/1989

The Body Politic: Surrealism on Both Sides of the Atlantic 1924 - 1947, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1995 - 01/07/1996

Salvador Dalí, Palazzo Grassi, Venezia, 09/12/2004 - 01/16/2005; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 02/16/2005 - 05/30/2005

Modern Art and Modernity, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

32Q: 1300 Early Modernism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/28/2022 - 10/31/2022

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/15/2016 - 01/08/2017

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