Salvador Dalí, ‘Biblia Sacra 68, 75, 95’, 1964, Robin Rile Fine Art

Each work accompanied by an original certification of authenticity from Nicolas and Oliver Descharnes, 14 April 2017. These works are part of the original artworks of Salvador Dalí’s suite of illustrations for a new edition of the Bible, referred to as the Biblia Sacra. Published in 1969 by Rizzoli Editions, the Biblia Sacra consisted of five volumes, bound in leather, containing text from the Bible. The suite was commissioned by Dalí’s good friend and leading Dalí patron Guiseppe Albaretto, who wanted to lead the artist to God and back to the Catholic Church. The bible consisted of 105 offset lithographic illustrations on heavy rag paper of various biblical scenes that were created after 105 original works created by Dalí. The illustrations, rich in both color and content, show the artist’s range of creativity as they exhibit a wide variety of imagery – some Christian and some based on classical mythology.

Signature: Lower portion of each image

Private Collection, Rome directly from Artist
Private Collection, USA

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