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Salvador Dali, La Quête du Saint Graal-Viviane et Lancelot du lac

Salvador Dali La Quête du Saint Graal-Viviane et Lancelot du lac, 1975

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  • Medium

    Print : etching

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    17.9 x 12.9 inch

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 125 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Galerie Dali Paris
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    The Grail Quest is a work of spiritual literature, all the details of which "signify" and are used to convey a certain message. But this novel is at the same time an authentic literary masterpiece, one of the most beautiful of all the Middle Ages.

    Having lost track of the Grail, the knights of the Round Table, related to the King Arthur, Galaad, Gauvain, Lancelot, Perceval, etc. set out to find the sacred relic, but it is only to Gilead, a mystical character, pure among the pure, that the honor of finding it will be reserved. The story is sown with episodes and symbolic characters, and the whole Quest is an allegory of the search for God.

    Lake Viviane was associated to the "gateway" to the Other World of the Celts and, by assimilation, to the enchanted island of Avalon.

    The fairy Viviane took Lancelot to his aquatic palace and educated him like a son. She gave him his nickname Lancelot du Lac. Called "Son of the King", "The Beau Found" or "Rich orphan" 10 by the fairy, he ignores everything about his origins. During all her youth, she educated him in order to make him the perfect knight, teaching him hunting, music, combat but also courtesy and nobility of spirit.

    Reference: “The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali” by Albert Field.
    Ref. 75-9- B, pages 108. Published by The Salvador Dali Archives
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Themes: Fantastic, Animal


Salvador Dali

Spain Born in: 1904 Famous artist

Salvador Dalí, in full Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech (born May 11, 1904, Figueras, Spain - died January 23, 1989, Figueras), Spanish surrealist painter  and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery.

As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí assimilated a vast number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical facility as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s, however, that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style: his discovery of Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery and his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish the “greater reality" of the human subconscious over reason. To bring up images from his subconscious mind, Dalí began to induce hallucinatory states in himself by a process he described as “paranoiac critical." 

Once Dalí hit on that method, his painting style matured with extraordinary rapidity, also thanks to René Magritte and Joan Miró and from 1929 to 1937 he produced the paintings which made him the world's best-known Surrealist artist. He depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed, deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational fashion.

With the Spanish director Luis Buñuel, Dalí made two Surrealistic films—Un Chien andalou (1928; An Andalusian Dog) and L'Âge d'or (1930; The Golden Age)—that are similarly filled with grotesque but highly suggestive images.

In the late 1930s Dalí switched to painting in a more-academic style under the influence of the Renaissance painter Raphael, and, as a consequence, he was expelled from the Surrealist movement. Thereafter he spent much of his time designing theatre sets, interiors of fashionable shops, and jewelry as well as exhibiting his genius for flamboyant self-promotional stunts in the United States, where he lived from 1940 to 1955.

In the period from 1950 to 1970, Dalí painted many works with religious themes, though he continued to explore erotic subjects, to represent childhood memories, and to use themes centring on his wife, Gala. Notwithstanding their technical accomplishments, those later paintings are not as highly regarded as the artist's earlier works. The most interesting and revealing of Dalí's books is The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942-44).

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Salvador Dali, La Quête du Saint Graal-Viviane et Lancelot du lac
Salvador Dali, La Quête du Saint Graal-Viviane et Lancelot du lac