Mark this under “Why It Pays To Know Your Art”: Tomeu L’Amo, a painter and an art historian, found a lovely work of surrealist art in a store in Northern Spain in the late 1980’s. He had suspected it was an early Dali but didn’t have any difinitive proof. He paid $200 for it. “When I saw its colours I suspected it was a Dali. That was my opinion but I did not have proof. I investigated and little by little I realised it was a Dali.”
The painting depicts angels floating over a volcano and bears Dali’s signature as well as the dedication title, “The Intrautirine Birth of Salvador Dali”.
After high-tech testing including infrared photography, x-rays, ultraviolet radiation, and handwriting analysis, the painting was conclusively decided to be the work of Dali, made around 1921 when he was 17yrs old.
“The painting can be considered the first surrealist work of Dali,” said Nicolas Descharnes, a leading Dali expert who has studied the painting.
So, yeah. Back to cranking through my art books and scouring local antique markets it is!