Salvador Dalí, ‘Bridegroom Leaps Upon the Mountains’, 1971, Caviar20

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is Surrealism's most accomplished and iconic practitioner.

Prolific and endlessly inventive, Dali worked in almost every possible artistic medium; film, sculpture, photography, fashion and of course painting.

Since the beginning of his career Dali worked in the graphic arts. Some of his earliest etchings date to the 1930's.

This etching is one of 12 works created in 1971 as part of the series "The Song of Songs of King Solomon"

During the late 1960's and into the early 1970's Dali experimented with many different types of printmaking. Concurrently he was fascinated by Biblical Israel and the stories of the first testament.

In this work, Dali perfectly balances fantasy, stylization and expertise as a draftsman. The work, with its beautiful gold halo, is sensual, mystical and the finest examples of his work.

This work appears in the catalogue raisonné: Michler/Löpsinger 473; Field 71-17 F

Signature: Signed and numbered by the artist

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