This is an original pen and ink drawing on paper and is dated 1948 and signed Dali. I have referred to One Line drawings by Picasso in a previous post, but this drawing is virtually a continuous line drawing.
When I say virtually, I mean that the artist has used a series of lines throughout the drawing which could be connected up. I presume that using a dip pen meant that as ink ran out he took the pen off the paper to dip the nib and then continued from a point nearby.
In effect, he has drawn all the key areas in single lines, which is the initial stage in my drawings, but presumably with no intention of connecting them up or reviewing them further. I have little doubt that the whole drawing would have been completed relatively quickly in one session.
I bought the drawing “in the manner of Salvador Dali”, as there was no provenance with it, but my first glance convinced me that I had to have it if possible. It was the continuous line drawing effect, with an added bonus when I saw the signature. Whoever did the drawing greatly impressed me and my researches into Dali pictures of around that time confirmed that he was producing drawings similar to this, with several elements the same.
Many of these elements appear in “50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship” by Salvador Dali published in 1948. In fact he seems to have done a quick drawing inside the front cover of some of the original edition copies.