Salvador Dalí - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | Phillips
  • 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.

    • Provenance

      Private Collection, France

    • Literature

      Ralf Michler and Lutz Löpsinger 857, 863, 872, 884, 903, 910, 915, 917, 924 and 926

    • Catalogue Essay

      Including: Vomitación reciproca (Reciprocal nausea) (pl. 10); Y también su padre (And your Dad too) (pl. 16); Se quebro el cantero (The straw that broke the camels back) (pl. 25); Sí (Yes) (pl. 37); Subia las escaleras como si las bajara (I went up the stairs as if I were going down them) (pl. 56); Goya (pl. 63); Los incas peludos del atardecer (The Incas of the sunset) (pl. 68); Los buzos del futuro (The divers of the future) (pl. 70); Corcuato de Carso (Corcuato of Carso) (pl. 77); and Reflejos de luna (Moon reflections) (pl. 79).

    • 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. 857, 863, 872, 884, 903, 910, 915, 917, 924, and 926)

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. 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (1.6 x 21 cm)
all S. 17 5/8 x 12 3/8 in. (44.8 x 31.4 cm)

All signed and annotated 'Premier Etat-Couleur' (first colored state) in pencil, Reflejos de luna with color annotations around the image (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.

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$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $37,800

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19 - 21 April 2022