Salvador Dalí - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, France

  • Literature

    Ralf Michler and Lutz W. Löpsinger 853-855, 859-860, 866-867, 870, 880, and 916

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Aparte las glándulas salivares (Separate the Salivary Glands) (plate 6); Asi las fastidia (So it Annoys Them) (plate 7); río creyendo que era mozuela... ( the River, Believing She was a Girl...) (plate 8); A caza de mondadientes (Hunting for Toothpicks) (plate 12); Desferruginosamente (Uncleanly) (plate 13); Principio de Incertidumbre de Heisenberg (Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) (plate 19); Tres cañones = a seis plumas (Three Cannons = Six Feathers) (plate 20); Aquellos armarios tiñosos (Those Colorful Cabinets) (plate 23); El gran albino (The Great Albino) (plate 33); and Melancolia sórdida (Sordid Melancholy) (plate 69)

    In this large-scale project, Dalí reinterpreted Goya's famous series by introducing his own surrealist elements and satirical interpretation to the issues Goya presented in his etchings: vices, abuses of power and the relationship between men and women. For the published edition, the reworked plates were then re-titled by Dalí below the image with repartee to Goya's titles.

    One can easily see Dali's keen interest in Goya's imagery and thoughts, and a base for his re-interpretation: "Goya was preoccupied with dreams, dreamlike states, and nightmares - the varying states of consciousness that allowed him to explore allusive subjects...The Caprichos provide the earliest concentrated evidence of Goya's interest in dreams..."Truth to life" is the essence of what Goya achieved through his graphic work. His prints and drawings quietly observe, confront, dissect, and reflect the many facets of what it means to be human. This truth to life has fueled the works' relevance over the course of two centuries, as they continue to provoke audiences to engage with Goya's profound insights". Mark McDonald, Goya's Graphic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2021

  • Artist Biography

    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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Les Caprices de Goya de Dali (Dali's 'Caprichos' by Goya): 10 plates (M. & L. 853-855; 859-860; 866-867; 870; 880; 916)

Ten heliogravures with extensive hand-coloring, made from Goya's print series (circa 1799 edition) reworked and altered with drypoint and unique coloring, before Dali's titles and plate numbers were engraved in the plates, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
all I. 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (24.4 x 21 cm)
all S. 17 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. (44.5 x 31.4 cm)

All signed and annotated 'Premier Etat-Couleur' (first colored state) in pencil (all hand-colored proofs before the edition of 200 and 20 artist's proofs), including a copy note from Denise Rigal (Atelier Rigal) dated '18.07.15' describing how the series was printed and these examples were colored by Dalí, the edition published by Berggruen/Editions Graphiques Internationales, Paris, all unframed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $40,320

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021