Framed: 17 x 21 in. Within mat: 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. Provenance: Estate of Harpo Marx; Collection of William W. The original pencil portrait of Marx from which this is reproduced was completed by Dalí in February, 1937, during the artist's visit to Hollywood; today it is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Please see image (not included with sale), showing Dali making the present portrait of Harpo.
The two men became friends in the 1930s when Dali sent Marx a gift of a harp with barbed wire strings and tuning knobs made of cutlery. They also collaborated on an unrealized film script entitled Giraffes on Horseback Salad. The artist wrote to André Breton of his visit to Los Angeles: I've made contact with the three American surrealists: Harpo Marx, Disney, and Cecil B.I believe I've intoxicated them suitably and hope that the possibilities for Surrealism here will become a reality. The second-born of the Marx Brothers, Harpo was a unique comic performer whose style was influenced by clown and pantomime traditions of a previous era. Many film buffs argue that the lovable mute was in fact the funniest of the Marx Brothers without ever saying a word. Harpo officially became a mime after a theater critic supposedly noted that he was brilliantuntil his character spoke. Harpo never uttered another sound.
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And is so stated on the signed and detailed receipt which comes with every item. The item "Salvador DALI (Artist) Portrait Print inscribed to Harpo Marx" is in sale since Sunday, May 4, 2014.This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "violinist01" and is located in Newtonville, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.