Salvador Dalí, ‘After 50 Years of Surrealism’, 1974, Phillips

Property from a Private Collection
All sheets: 25 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (65.4 x 50.2 cm)
All images: approximately 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (40 x 29.8 cm)
Portfolio: 28 1/4 x 21 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (71.8 x 55.2 x 6.4 cm)
Including: Flung Out Like a Fag-end by the Big-Wigs; Gala's Godly Back; Picasso: A Ticket for Glory; The Laurels of Happiness; The Curse Overthrown; The Great Inquisitor Expels the Saviour; Freud with a Snail Head; A Shattering Entrance upon the American Stage; God, Time, Space, and the Pope; The Divine Love of Gala; Gala's Castle; and The Museum of Genius and Fancy*

Signature: All signed and numbered `A 106/195' in pencil, also signed in pencil and numbered in ink on the colophon (from the English edition of 195 and 35 artist's proofs in Roman numerals; there was also an edition of 29 on Japon nacré, an edition of 195 and 35 artist's proofs in Roman numerals with text in French including a suite on Japon nacré) published by Transworld Art, Fribourg, Switzerland (with their blindstamp), all contained in the original black linen-covered portfolio case.

Ralf Michler and Lutz Löpsinger 665-676

About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain