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Salvador Dali

Don Quichotte - Don Quichotte à la tête qui éclate, 1957

Print : lithography 16.1 x 13 x 0.1 inch


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Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - Don Quichotte à la tête qui éclate

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In 1957, the eminent publisher Joseph Foret came to Salvador Dali with an impressive load of lithographic stones and the idea of creating an extraordinary set of illustrations of the famous book by Miguel Cervantes ‘Don Quichotte’. Dali used an unusual technique, which gained popularity after the book was published. Instead of pencil and paint, Dali used an air gun packed with ink. The gun shot right at the plain lithographic stone giving the basis for Dali’s inspiration. Faithful to his habits, Dalí approached this technique experimentally. For his own ‘Don Quichotte’ he did not hesitate even to dip snails in the color so that they leave traces on the stone. Therefore, the works were created spontaneously, the incipit was given by chance. Salvador Dalí expressed his surrealist vision of universal poetic and literary themes through his vast repertoire of images, characters, and allegories. In his characters Dalí revealed himself as an indisputable master of graphic arts, always renewing his technique, his drawings, and his colors. Reference: “The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali” by Albert Field. Ref.57-1- M, pages 123-125. Published by The Salvador Dali Archives.
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Galerie Dali Paris • Paris, France

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Print: lithography
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16.1 x 13 x 0.1 inch
Not framed
Numbered and limited to 233 copies
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Work sold with an invoice from the gallery and a certificate of authenticity
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Salvador Dalí, in full Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech, was born May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain, and died on January 23, 1989. This Spanish surrealist painter and printmaker was known for his explorations of subconscious imagery.

As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí absorbed a number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical dexterity as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style. First, his discovery of Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery. Second, his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish a “greater reality" of the human subconscious over reason. To evoke images from his subconscious mind, Dalí partook in self-induced hallucinatory states, a process he described as “paranoiac-critical". 

Upon Dalí establishing this method, his painting style matured at an extraordinary rate. Thanks to Rene Magritte and Joan Miró, from 1929 to 1937, Dalí had produced the artworks that had earned him the title of 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 manner.

The famous artist dabbled in other media as well. Alongside Spanish director Luis Buñuel, Dalí made two Surrealist 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. Dalí also wrote books; perhaps the most interesting and revealing being The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942-44).

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

From 1950 to 1970, Dalí painted many works with religious themes, although he continued to explore erotic subjects, childhood memories, and themes surrounding his wife, Gala. Despite their technical accomplishments, Dalí's later paintings are not as highly regarded as his earlier works. 

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