Year :conceived and first cast in 1980
Height: 44 cm
Material: bronze
Technique: lost-wax
Edition Size: 350+35 EA
Patina: brown
Maquette: original wax “Horse with Soft Clock” 1980s
References Descharnes: Dalí: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. pg. 252 ref. 650

The theme of lapsing time troubled Dalí incessantly. The artist stated “The mechanical object was to become my worst enemy, and as for watches, they would have to be soft, or not be at all”. The horse, one of Dalí’s favourite images, is saddled with Dalinian time. Dalí believed that time and space could not be dissociated, and this sculpture illustrates time in its disordered dimension, fluid, receding and transitory. This sculpture is one of the first from the collaboration between Beniamino Levi, President of the Dalí Universe, and Dalí himself. For this sculpture, Dalí created the maquette in wax, moulding it with his fingers. The hand markings are visible in the body of the horse, its muscles and particularly the mane.