Year :conceived in 1971, first cast in 1984
Height: 51 cm
Material: bronze
Technique: lost-wax
Edition Size: 350+35 EA
Patina: brown
Maquette: original gouache “Surrealist Knight” 1971
References Descharnes: Dalí: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. pg. 251 ref. 647


This sculpture illustrates King Louis XIV, also known as the ‘Sun King’, who reigned in France during the seventeenth century. Dalí depicts a striking warrior on horseback, going into battle, with his arm raised in a victory salute. Dalí painted the Sun King on gouache in 1971 and it was here the image of the Surrealist Warrior was born. Dalí’s surrealistic interpretation of the warrior includes the addition of a window of light, portrayed through a hole in the chest; Dalí was convinced that heaven could be found in the heart of the man who believes.