Salvador Dalí, ‘La Moissonneuse (The Combine-harvester), for Hommage à Leonardo da Vinci (American Inventions)’, 1975, Phillips

Image: 14 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. (36.2 x 50.2 cm)
Sheet: 22 1/4 x 29 5/8 in. (56.5 x 75.2 cm)

Signature: Signed and inscribed 'Bon à tirer' in pencil (a good-to-print proof, before the edition of 450 and 60 artist's proofs on Arches), published by Editions de Francony/Editions Graphiques Internationales, with further printing annotations in the center of the plate and in the left and lower margins in pencil, printed by Ateliers Rigal, Paris, inscribed 'Epreuve pour essai coulours en BAT par Salvador Dali Epreuve faisant partie de notre collection Nicholas Rigal' (Test for BAT colors by Salvador Dali, proof in our collection), including the Certificate of Authenticity from Archives Descharnes, archive number d5668, unframed.

Ralf Michler and Lutz W. Löpsinger 819

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