Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘King, I am Waiting for you in Babylon | Roi, je t'attends à Babylone’, 1973, Gilden's Art Gallery

Each one of the twelve original etchings in this portfolio is hand signed by the artist in pencil "Dalí" at the lower right margin.
They are also all hand numbered in pencil "38/150" at the lower left margin.
The work was printed in a limited edition of 150 impressions in 1973 by Atelier Rigal and the portfolio was published by Edition Skira, Genève.
The etchings illustrate the text by André Malraux for the publication "Roi, je t'attends à Babylone".
This is a unique work for Dalí as all the 12 etchings were printed on parchment and not regular paper.
Each etching is titled separately as following:

  • His symmetrie wasn't due to chance either...| Sa symétrie n'appartenait ni au hasard ...
  • It's far away in space... | C'est très loin dans l'espace...
  • There are some soldiers... | Il y a des soldats...
  • Now it's the evening... | Maintenant c'est le soir... .
  • The Sunset lays down... |Le Soleil Couchant allonge...
  • What his/her eyes look like... | Comment sont ses yeux...
  • Monsoon's Arrival... | L'Arrivée de la mousson...
  • Some Kings hung on trees... | Des Rois pendus aux arbres...
  • Desert's track... | Le Désert avec sa piste...
  • The smelling City... | La Ville odorante...
  • Alexandre looked at him... | Alexandre le regarda...
  • Darius swore he would hang... | Darius jura qu'il pendrait...
    Dalí personally defaced all the etching's plates after the edition was printed.

Literature:

  1. Michler, R. & Löpsinger, L. W. (1994). Salvador Dalí: Das Druckgraphische Werk 1924-1980.Œuvrekatalog der Radierungen und Mixed-Media-Graphiken. Munich & New York: Prestel Verlag.
    Reference: Michler & Löpsinger, No. 592-605 (b), illustrated on pages no. 213-214.
  2. Field, A. (1996). The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dalí. New York: The Salvador Dalí Archives.
    Reference: Field 73-8

Condition: Excellent condition.

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