Salvador Dalí, ‘Joshua Brave In War’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

In this striking print, Dali depicts Joshua leading a battle in Israel. According to the Bible, Joshua asked God to delay the sunset until they ended the battle victoriously.
Dali's composition is quite modern and minimalist; he depicts only silhouettes and just enough detail to tell the story.
In Dali's art, a figure on a horse usually alludes to the novel Don Quixote, an important story for the artist who grew up in Spain.

Signature: Signed in the plate

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