"The Triumph and Couplet of Gala and Dali"

 "El Triomf I el Rodoli de la Gala I en Dali" by Salvador Dali El Triomf I el Rodoli de la Gala I en Dali by Salvador Dali

 

The Myth of the Triumph of Gala and Dali
 
Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was one of the most important artists of the 20th century, perhaps best known for his surrealist works. Born in the Catalan town of Figueres, Spain, as a young man he studied at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. Following his first solo show in 1925 in Barcelona, Dali later achieved international recognition in Europe, the United States and Japan. After residing in the United States from 1940-1948, Dali returned to Europe and resettled in Spain. Dali died of heart failure at the age of 84 in his hometown of Figueres.
 In 1961 he created one of his most interesting works –"El Triomf I el Rodoli de la Gala I en Dali"  
The work – entitled "The Triumph and Couplet of Gala and Dali" – was completed in a matter of days. Dali's drawings were done in India ink on a single sheet of paper and, according to the poet, completed all in one night. The work is composed of 43 pairs of drawings and verses. In the margins of the sheet are three drawings without verse. The work is a summary of the Dali myth, including his special little men and well-known obsessions The main themes in the work include the flowing clock, swans, ants, the crown and more.
 
Behind each one of the 43 motifs lays a story and picture from Salvador Dali's life. The work reflects his dreams, memories, fantasies, people who influenced his life and work (his friend, the artist Pablo Picasso, the Spanish artist Gaudi, his wife and love of his life Gala and more).
This very unique work was very dear to Dali, and he asked that it be hung at the entrance of the official Salvador Dali museum in his hometown of Figueres, Spain.
It was made as part of the celebration in tribute to him in his own town at Figueres, in Spain.
The work consists of 43 separate items, built on a unique Catalonian-Spanish structure , combined together to form a single work.

The Artwork: Type of art (mainly Catalonian), which usually includes 48 illustrations connected with a certain subject with each being accompanied by 2 lines that rhyme harmoniously. Ultimately, in practical terms, things are more flexible, and one can find texts built from 3 or 4 lines that rhyme differently. The text is usually placed off the illustration and below it. This type of art comes from the development of illustrations of the OCA game, which was commonly played in the 17th century, until it took on its own intrinsic artistic value, totally unrelated to the game.

Dali was a dreamer but also a commercial genius, and after creating this series of mythical pictograms, he not only displayed and sold 43 signed copies during the festival there, but also gave Fages the right to commercial exploitation of the work . The edition for the general public was available for sale on the day of the tribute; later, a special edition was produced with 43 copies signed by the artist and poet, as well as five printer's proofs.
Dali held Fages in high regard, as can be seen by the artist's letter to him some days after the tribute: "Confirming the authorization that I gave you verbally, you may exploit my original drawings in "The Triumph and Couplet of Gala and Dali" in any form or application, editorially or in industry, at your own risk and on your own account. I hope you know how to do this, and send you warm regards." (letter dated September 28, 1961, property of Eduard Fornes).

Since 1974, 13 years after the building's inauguration, the work can be found at the door to the patio of the Theater-Museum in Figueres.

 

 
Poem (English)
The triumph and rhyming of Gala and Dalí
 
from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 00

 0- Already in his mother’s belly
     He was thinking about his way
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 01
 
  1. The first to die among everyone   
       In good or bad, always (the) one   
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 02
 
 2. Gives work for two, the tiny
     say the ones who gave him birth
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 03
 
3. Like he always does everything
     on the contrary he never agrees
     with any notary
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 04
 
 4. Paints telephones with eggs
   and soft clocks he shapes
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 05
 
 5. Proclaims when he is little
    I will make, with five years, a minute
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 06
 
 6. Francesc Pujols says precise
   Divide it by six
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 07
 
 7. In the moment he was dressed as a “man”
   to annoy , he makes himself a seven
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 08
 
8. Because of freudism and necrophilia
   They kicked him out of the family
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 09
 
9. One new day (or: one day,nine) will be
     back enjoying the end of the bread
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 10
 
10. Like it doesn’t have any practical
sense  to cross the Atlantic ocean.
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 11
 
11. When Gala will have the rudder
       She won’t be scared not even from the giants
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 12
 
12. He jumps with twelve steps
      like he doesn’t feel any pain
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 13
 
13. Thirteen drawing for a verse
       turns to the witches of Llers
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 14
 
14-15 Instead of being the lavish son
     dollars at a medical price he earns
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 15
 
14-15 Instead of being the lavish son
     dollars at a medical price he earns
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 16
 
16. Sixteen swans in a private beach
     Turning over Gala’s victory
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 17
 
17. Arabic figures make
     Tetuan´s battle
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 18
 
18. When the boat is tied up
       He has in his head a baguette
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 19
 
19. An angel flows out his forehead
       or the nose of rhinoceros
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 20
 
20. From the hand of Milton and  Dantes
    he will paint Don Quixote of Cervantes
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 21
 
21. He has more caprices than Goya
       and he is labelled with paranoia
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 22
 
22. With the brush of Dali, Gala Is
  transformed to be a Madonna or Palas
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 23
 
23. He announces with voice of thunder
     Le surrealisme is me (and no other)
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 24
 
24. Gala delights for Dali
       Dali, with Gala knows how to enjoy

 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 25
 
25. It worth the splashing of a shot
     From a carabineer in retirement
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 26
 
26. Gala and he, astonished
     Make, from swans, scorpions
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 27
 
27. On the street of Monturiol
     The genius is never alone

 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 28
 
28. With Dalinians’ introductions
       Spurs the wind the Crazy of Ordis
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 29
 
29. The one of the submarine makes an invention.
       Dali of the subconscious
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 30
 
30. God decided he’ll be born on
     the street,from the inventor and
     Galter
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 31
 
31. On the street they call her
       Ursula, the dashing
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 32
 
32. Money box, the mayor with a fast
     voice, put on it a tombstone
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 33
 
33. He will have a colossal museum
     In the Principal Theatre
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 34
 
34. The great poet and rhapsode
     Garcia Lorca , makes an ode
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 35
 
35. With the peel of the apple
       Of William Tell, he goes to Rome
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 36
 
36. They take him lots of photos  
       TV, no-do, Paris- matchos

 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 37
 
37. “The Erato” the choir strikes a light
       and everywhere they offer him a bull
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 38
 
38. Like a coleopteran volatile
       Abduct the bull a helicopter
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 39
 
39. It will never be possible to regret
       the city he had maid
 
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 40
 
40. He wasn’t good enough,
     not even for remedies
     and he was cared by kings and popes.
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 41
 
41. Is for dark premonitions
     The immortal of Dioscuri
 from El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala i en Dali by Salvador Dali image 42
 
42. For the hand of a biologist, lives
     Gali Dala , resuscitate
       in a conjunctive fabric
 
 
 
 

 

 

Salvador Dali letter to Carles Fages de Climent
 
Dear friend: confirming the authorization that I gave you by word, you can exploit my original drawings reproduced in the strip cartoon "Griuph and the Gala- Dali couplet" and enjoy the editorial and industrial returns in all forms and applications, for your own risk and account.
I hope you will do well with it.
Yours affectionately,

Salvador Dali

 

 

 

Chain of title and legal owner of the rights to date
 El Triomf I el Rodoli de la Gala I en Dali by Salvador Dali  El triomf I el Rodoli de la Gala I en Dali " by Salvador Dali


The Artist created his work in 1961 and gave his friend Mr. Carles Fages de Climent Sr. the rights verbally and in writing, to commercially exploit the work either as a whole work or as individual paintings.
(Notarized translation)
"…you can exploit my original drawings reproduced in the strip cartoon 'Triumph and the Gala-Dali couplet' and enjoy the editorial and industrial returns in all forms and applications, for your own risk and account."
The notarised copy of the original letter with Artist signature is attached hereto as exhibit 2, (hereinafter referred to as "the letter").
Mr. Carles Fages de Climent Sr. passed away in 1968 and left a notarized testament dated 27.9.1968, according to which his successor in title is his relative (probably his son) Mr. Marc-Enric Fages Mir Jr, who inherited all the above rights concerning the ARTWORK.
 
In Nov. 19, 1991 Mr. Fages Jr transferred most of his rights in the ARTWORK to the company Distribucions D'art Surrealista' S.A) (DAS) Reg. No A-17-064320, whose main shareholder was Mr. Eduardo Fornes i Gili. According to a written & notarized contract in Spanish dated 3.2.1997 , the transferred rights were, to exploit only the individual paintings of ARTWORK. Mr. Fages Jr kept the only right to exploit the whole work - meaning the typographical rights in the original form of the ARTWORK.
 
In Feb. 3, 1997 Company DAS has transferred its rights in the ARTWORK to Mr. Carlos Oliveras Estragues for Spain only .The right of exploitation was limited geographically to Spain only (section 3 of the facts entitled "Ambit dela cession").
 
Between Feb 3, 1997 and Sep. 22 1997, company DAS has transferred all her rights in ARTWORK for the rest of the world to a company by the name of Editorial Mediterrania S.L. controlled by Mr. Eduardo Fornes i Gili.
 
He transferred the rights in the ARTWORK to Editorial Mediterrania S.L. He further stated that, since he was the main shareholder in both companies (DAS & Editorial Mediterrania) no formal document was ever signed. (2) In the contract dated Sep. 22 1997 between company DAS and the Foundation , the Foundation declares  that it has the knowledge of and accepts that company DAS no longer has any rights on the ARTWORK.
 
On April 1, 2003 Editorial Mediterrania S.L. transferred all its rights to Mr. Dragan Matic .
On Feb. 2, 2006  Mr. Dragan Matic transferred in writing his rights to a company by the name of V.S. Marketing Ltd .
As of Feb. 2, 2006 the rights to the ARTWORK are held by V.S. Marketing Ltd.