Salvador Dalí, ‘La Joie de vivre (The Joy of Life)’, 1974, Phillips

Image: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (39.4 x 31.8 cm)
Sheet: 25 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.7 x 50.2 cm)

Signed and annotated 'Pour B.A.T. couleurs' and 'Merci Rigal' in pencil, further annotated 'Epreuve en BAT couleurs faisent partie de notre collection Denise Rigal' in pencil on the reverse (the bon à tirer/good-to-print proof, the edition was 250), published by Editions de Francony, Nice, unframed.

This work is registered in the Archives Descharnes under number D5790 (a certificate has been issued and is available for purchase from the Archives Descharnes)

Ralf Michler and Lutz Löpsinger 775

Ateliers Rigal, Paris
Private Collection, France

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