Issun-bōshi (The Inch-High Samurai), from Japanese Fairy Tales

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  • Provenance

    Atelier Rigal, Paris
    Private Collection, France

  • Literature

    Ralf Michler and Lutz W. Lopsinger 742

  • 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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Issun-bōshi (The Inch-High Samurai), from Japanese Fairy Tales

1974
Drypoint with pochoir in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 47.9 x 38.7 cm (18 7/8 x 15 1/4 in.)
S. 64.8 x 49.5 cm (25 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Signed and annotated 'B.A.T' in pencil, with additional annotations 'bleu clair de loup - ciel', 'bleu foncé loup-terrain' and 'LITTLE ONE INCH' in pencil (the bon-a-tirer or 'good to print' proof before the edition of 175, there was also an edition of 75 in Roman numerals on Richard de Bas), further inscribed and signed 'Epreuve faisant partie de notre collection' by Denise Rigal in pencil on the reverse, published by Gerschmann, Stockholm, unframed.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

sold for £7,500

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London Auction 23 January 2020