Salvador Dalí Sunbathing

Portlligat, the sunbed realised by Dalí for his house and garden

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Salvador Dalí Sunbathing
05/07/2019 - A reproduction of a very personal design piece made by Dalí for his house and garden. The Portlligat Sunbed (1962), one of Dalí’s own projects, has a head, torso, ribs, arms, hands, legs and feet. The reproduction that BD Barcelona presents in their Art Editions catalogue, exclusively produced in the whole world in a numbered edition (not limited), in this case is made from iroko wood and is faithful to the original design and certified by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. Image Rights of Gala and Salvador Dalí reserved. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, 2019

Image Rights of Gala and Salvador Dalí reserved. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, 2019

Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala had a house in Portlligat Bay, a little fisherman’s town near Cadaqués, situated on the Costa Brava. The place is a fusion of furnished rooms for the couple with different wooden pieces made by a local carpenter, Joan Vehí who worked for them for more than 35 years. All of the furniture was made from olive wood by Dalí’s express will. 

There were an abundance of olive trees in the area until there was a freezing winter in 1956. The trees that were within the grounds of his property were unable to survive the cold which converted them into a raw material for the carpenter’s works. It’s hardwearing and a very resistant wood especially for outdoors with which the sunbeds were made.  BD Barcelona, Portlligat Sunbed

BD Barcelona, Portlligat Sunbed

From these they could enjoy the sun and the spectacular views. Dated from the year 1962, and in the pictures of that time it can be appreciated that there were additional cushions which must have served to make them more comfortable for napping.

The original sunbeds have been conserved. One has deteriorated quite a lot and remains at the very same house. The other, in which Dalí reclined, a ghostly character in his Teatre Museu in Figueres. 

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BD Barcelona, Portlligat Sunbed

BD Barcelona, Portlligat Sunbed

BD Barcelona, Portlligat Sunbed

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