Salvador Dalí, ‘Heaven Canto 4 (The Divine Comedy)’, 1959-1964, Martin Lawrence Galleries

The Divine Comedy, a poem by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), was illustrated by Salvador Dalí between 1951 and 1960. Dalí created 101 watercolor drawings to interpret The Divine Comedy. These works have been reproduced using a wood engraving technique. With this technique, wood engravers carved 3,500 blocks for the prints that make up the suite.
This wood engraving measuring 10 x 7 inches is framed in archival materials.

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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