La Fusée (The Rocket), for Hommage à Leonardo da Vinci (American Inventions)

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  • Provenance

    Ateliers Rigal, Paris
    Private Collection, France

  • Literature

    see Ralf Michler and Lutz W. Löpsinger 812

  • Catalogue Essay

    This work is registered in the Archives Descharnes under number D-5605 (a certificate has been issued and is available for purchase from the Archives Descharnes)

  • Artist Bio

    Salvador Dalí

    Spanish • 1904 - 1989

    Salvador Dalí was perhaps the most broadly known member of the Surrealist movement of the early twentieth century. Heavily influenced by Sigmund Freud, the avant-garde style explored consciousness and dream-like states through exaggerated landscapes and bizarre or grotesque imagery. Using the means of painting, sculpture, printmaking, film and literature, Dalí explored these ideas with a meticulous hand and inventive wit. 

    Although known for his role in Surrealism, Dalí was also a seminal example of celebrity showmanship and the cult of personality, a phenomenon that dominates popular culture today. Always a colorful and flamboyant presence with his signature cape, wide-eyed expression and trademark upturned waxed mustache, Dalí was a master of self-promotion and spectacle.

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La Fusée (The Rocket), for Hommage à Leonardo da Vinci (American Inventions)

1975
Drypoint with extensive hand-colouring in gouache, on BFK Rives paper, with full margins.
I. 50.5 x 36.3 cm (19 7/8 x 14 1/4 in.)
S. 75.6 x 56.8 cm (29 3/4 x 22 3/8 in.)

Signed and inscribed 'Bon à tirer' in pencil (the 'good to print' impression before the edition of 450 and 60 artist's proofs on Arches, published by Editions de Francony/Editions Graphiques Internationales), with further pencil annotations in the centre of the plate and in all four margins, printed by Atelier Rigals, Paris, inscribed 'Epreuve rehaussée à la gouache par S. Dali pour essais couleurs. Epreuve faisant partie de notre collection' by Denise Rigal in pencil on the reverse, unframed.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

sold for £6,000

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London Auction 19 January 2017