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Salvador Dalí 1904-1989 Spanish

Lot 132

Les Chants de Maldoror, Plate 22, 1934

Etching on paper

13.125" x 10"

20.625" x 16.375" x 0.625" Framed


Unsigned

$1,000 - $2,000

In 1930, Dali was invited to illustrate Les Chants de Maldoror, an 1869 text rediscovered by the Surrealists in the 1930s that told a nightmarish tale of an unrepentantly evil protagonist.  The book was filled with scenes of violence, perversion, and blasphemy.  Dali, who worked in a method he called "paranoiac-critical," used a stream-of-consciousness process to access hallucinations and delusions.  These personal visions, rather than scenes described in the prose poem, became the subjects of his illustrations.


The individual prints Dali executed in the 1930s, made predominately at the workshop of Roger Lacourière, were experiments in intaglio and were never published as editions.

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