Salvador Dalí - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 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 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"1


    Mark McDonald, Goya's Graphic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2021.

    • Provenance

      Private Collection, France

    • Literature

      Ralf Michler and Lutz Löpsinger 862, 865, 873, 885, 889, 904, 919, 921, 923 and 927

    • Catalogue Essay

      Including: Arrugas de espermatozoides melancólicos (Melancholic sperm wrinkles) (pl. 15); Como Dios manda (As God commands) (pl. 18); Una carretilla de carne sangrante (A wheelbarrow of bleeding meat ) (pl. 26); No (pl. 38); Piensa en el Angelus de Millet (Think about the Angelus by Millet) (pl. 42); Cerner rosa (Sifting rose) (pl. 57); Con todos estos lios no te escaparás (With all these problems you will not escape) (pl. 72); No grites, tonto (Don’t scream, fool) (pl. 74); Setze jutges mengen fetge d'un penjat (Sixteen judges eat a hangman's liver) (pl. 76); and Pirueta de plátano (Banana pirouette) (pl. 80)

    • 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. 862, 865, 873, 885, 889, 904, 919, 921, 923 & 927)

Ten heliogravures with extensive hand-coloring, made from Goya's print series (circa 1799 edition) reworked and altered with drypoint and unique coloring.
all I. 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (24.4 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, (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 

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