Dalí honors Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the English mathematician, who discovered the law of gravity when an apple fell on his head.
In this sculpture, based on the small image illustrated in the painting Phosphene of Laporte (1932), Dalí pierced the figure with two holes: one which portrays the absence of Newton’s vital organs, whilst the empty head suggests open mindedness. Dalí implies that Newton has become a mere name in science, completely stripped of his personal identity and individuality.
Dalí was obsessed with the concept of hard and soft, here he plays with inverting the anatomy, showing the bones protruding from the body. As Dalí recounts in his autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí: “The hip bones, which absolutely must be very prominent- pointed, so that one knows that they are there”.
In 1986 the King of Spain dedicated a large plaza in Madrid to Dalí and the artist created a monument of this image for its center, that is almost five meters high. The sculpture still stands there today.
Date: conceived and first cast 1980
Technique: lost wax process
Edition size : 350 + 35 EA
Height : 35 cm
Edition : patina brown
Maquette: original wax, Homage to Newton, 1980
Direct intervention (created by Dalí): the idea, image, and original maquette
Indirect intervention (created by artisans): lost wax process and patina