Salvador Dali once said, “You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.” More Dali quotes...
Get creative with Dali in honor of the Surrealist Master’s birthday on the 11th May!
Born in 1904 in Figueres, Spain, Dali is one of the most celebrated and influential artists of the past 100 years. Wildly imaginative, the Spanish artist merged familiar imagery with the striking and the bizarre in his vivid, often highly controversial surrealist paintings. As eccentric in person as he was on canvas, Dali dressed in flamboyant clothing and cultivated his instantly-recognizable signature mustache. He believed in exploring all aspects of one’s own life and to give them artistic expression. Without question, his excellence as a creative artist will always set a standard for the art of the 20th century.
What better way to celebrate Dali’s birthday than to explore some of Dali’s most collectible art?
The Twelve Tribes of Israel
The Twelve Tribes of Israel were created and published on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Modern Israel, this rare and highly collectible suite consists of thirteen original etchings with hand coloring by pochoir. All etchings are numbered and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin; protected within plain paper wrappers; contained in the publisher's blue silk-covered clamshell case. The suite is featured in Albert Field’s Official Catalogue of the Graphic works of Salvador Dali, p. 78, no. 72-6. This rare Twelve Tribes of Israel suite is available as a set only. For enquires, please contact us.
Don Quichotte is a rare and highly collectible suite which consists of thirteen original lithograph illustrations contained in a Blue Slip Case. This unusual example, an Example d'Artiste, contains the original prospects describing the making of the book, as well as a rare 13th lithograph. The suite features a full-page signature by Dali opposite the title page. The suite is featured in Albert Field’s Official Catalogue of the Graphic works of Salvador Dali, p. 123-124, no. 57-1 -- This rare Don Quichotte suite is available as a set only. For enquires, please contact us.
The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy, written by Dante between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is considered one of the greatest literary works in the world. The poem tells of Dante's journey through the three realms of the dead: paradise, purgatory, and hell.
In 1951, the Italian Government commissioned Dali to create 100 watercolors for each verse of the Divine Comedy to commemorate the 700th birthday of Dante (May, 1265). The Divine Comedy Suite consists of 100 color wood engravings created between 1960 and 1964 after 100 watercolors painted between 1951 and 1960. The Divine Comedy is one of Dali’s most important bodies of work and is a landmark of 20th century art. Read more on Dali and the Divine Comedy in a previous blog article.
The Conquest of the Cosmos suite consists of 12 prints. All of the images were printed in 1974, with six being offered that year and the other six in 1977. These images capture Dali at his Surrealist best, with many images containing his iconic symbols – the melting clocks, Dali’s self-portrait, the Catalan landscape of Dali’s youth and crutches, just to name a few. This lithograph suite features Dali’s plate signature as well as a rare remarque.
In 1945, when he was living in the United States, Salvador Dali illustrated The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini for the publisher Doubleday, which produced a limited edition of 1000 books, all numbered and signed by the artist. The collection of the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation contains as part of the painter’s legacy the copies from that edition numbered 16 and 102, together with all the original drawings used for illustrating the volume. Forty-one illustrations appear in the book, all but one of which are owned by the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, which also possesses some studies and an additional drawing which was not used for the publication in the end.
Of these forty-one original drawings, all done with India ink, fifteen were colored using watercolors. Most are signed and dated: (Dali 1945), (Gala Dali 1945), (Salvador Dali 1945) and were done on a single type of paper, cut to different sizes for each drawing.
While Salvador Dali was still alive the drawings were shown to the public in the Four Hundred Works by Salvador Dali from 1914 to 1983, organized jointly in 1983 by the Ministry of Culture and the Government of Catalonia in homage to Salvador Dali, first in Madrid and then in Barcelona.
After the artist’s death the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation organized a further two exhibitions with these illustrations: A Singular Dali, organized by the Museu de Cadaqués, Cadaqués (from 19 June to 1 November 1998) and Dali and the Power of Imagination, held at the Nordiska Akvarellmuseet in Skärhamn, Sweden (from 13 May to 2 September 2001).
Salvador Dali’s legacy serves as an inspiration to embrace the creative spirit! Decorate with the unexpected! Browse all Dali Art.