Salvador Dalí, ‘He HImself Was Elijah’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This illustration is based on a verse from Malachi where the Lord states that the end is coming, but he will send John the Baptist, a man as great as Elijah, to baptize those who wish to repent. The dark background in the image hints at the darkness to come at the end of the world. The central figure of John the Baptist is modeled after Leonardo da Vinci's depiction of prophet.

Signature: Signed in the plate, lower left

Publisher: Rizzoli of Milan, Italy

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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