Original Wood Block Print from Salvador Dali's "Divine Comedy," a series of artworks made to illustrate the epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300's. These works were commissioned in the 60's by the Italian Government to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante's birth. These are a fine entry point to the works of Salvador Dali as each is a fantastic example of the painstaking wood block printing process. Each color in the print required a separate, hand carved wooden printing plate, making each work a marvel of both artistic vision and skilled craftmanship.
Salvador Dalí was born in Spain 1904, and from an early age was encouraged to practice his art by both parents. After studying at an academy in Madrid, Dalí traveled to Paris where he began working with master artists such as Pablo Picasso, René Magritte, and Joan Miró, eventually leading him to his first Surrealist phase. During that time, he was also working with styles of Impressionism, Cubism and Futurism. Dalí’s paintings became known to express three general themes; man’s universe and sensations, sexual symbolism and ideographic imagery. One of his most famous works, The Persistence of Memory, is likely the best-known piece of Surrealist work of all time. After being expelled from the Surrealist movement for his political stances, Dalí shifted into a different style he often called his period of “Nuclear Mysticism.” Dali passed in 1989, however his presence lives on through art that continues to inspire and mystify generation after generation.
Medium: Wood Cut
Edition: 1136 of 4765
Paper size: 10 ¼” x 13”
Publisher: Les Heures Claires, Paris, 1963
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