Artwork Details

Enchanted Beach with Three Fluid Graces

Salvador Dalí
Date Made
Oil on canvas
Image: 25 5/8 in x 32 in
Accession ID Number
Credit Line
Collection of The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL (USA); Gift of A. Reynolds & Eleanor Morse 2000.7
In the USA ©Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL 2023 / Worldwide rights ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), 2023; Photo © David Deranian, 2021

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"Enchanted Beach" offers an example of Dalí's imaginative interpretation of the classical theme of the Three Graces. In art, the symbols of ideal beauty and the handmaidens of Venus. The figure on the right is developed from a detail from an equestrian study by Leonardo da Vinci; Dalí creates a face formed by a distant landscape that is visible through a hole in the rock. The visage of the middle female's face is formed by the horse and figures. The bowed head of the third figure on the left is formed by one of the black rocks in the landscape. The features of a skull can also be found in this area, with the two boulders forming black eye sockets and the gripping fingers forming the skull’s teeth. This painting illustrates the increasing influence of Renaissance and Baroque painters on Dalí. The interplay of perspective and the balance of the elements show an evolving control over his paranoiac-critical illusions.

Exhibition History:
1938, Paris, Galerie Beaux-Arts, "Exposition Internationale du SurréaIisme"
1939, New York, Julien Levy Gallery,“Salvador Dalí,” In conjunction with Dali's Dream of Venus Pavillion at the 1939 New York World's Fair
1941, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, “Salvador Dalí”
1941, Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, “Salvador Dali”
1941, New York, Julien Levy Gallery, “Salvador Dalí”
1941, Los Angeles, Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, “Salvador Dalí”
1942, Indianapolis, The John Herron Art Institute (Indianapolis Museum of Art), [Exhibition of paintings by Salvador Dali]
1942, San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, “An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Dalí”
1943, Williamsburg, College of William and Mary, “An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Dalí”
1943, Utica, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, “An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Dalí”
1943, Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, “An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Dalí”
1943, Omaha, Josly Art Museum, “An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Dalí”
1947, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, “Print Club of Cleveland-Salvador Dalí: An Exhibition”
1965, New York, Gallery of Modern Art, “Salvador Dalí, 1910-1965”
1997, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, "Treasures from the Salvador Dalí Museum"
1999, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, "Dali Exhibition 1999"
1999, Shinjuku(Tokyo), Mitsukoshi Museum of Art, "Dali Exhibition 1999"
1999, Figueres, Dalí Theatre-Museum, “Dream of Venus”
2002, Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, “Dream of Venus”
2003, Düsseldorf, Museum Kunst Palast, “The Endless Enigma : Dalí and the Magicians of Multiple Meaning”
2006, Tokyo, Ueno Royal Museum, “Dalí Centennial Retrospective”
2007, St. Petersburg, Fl., Salvador Dalí Museum, “Dalí and the Spanish Baroque”
2012, Paris, Centre Pompidou, “Dali: Retrospective”
2013, Madrid, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, “Dalí. Todas las sugestiones poéticas y todas las posibilidades plásticas”
2015, St. Petersburg, Salvador Dali Museum, “Dali & da Vinci: Minds, Machines & Masterpieces”
2022, St. Petersburg, The Dalí Museum, "The Shape of Dreams"