Salvador Dalí, ‘"La Vergine Annunziata"’, 1974, Gallery 104
Salvador Dalí, ‘"La Vergine Annunziata"’, 1974, Gallery 104
Salvador Dalí, ‘"La Vergine Annunziata"’, 1974, Gallery 104

A woodcut print from Salvador Dalí's Divine Comedy with printed signature. From the Purgatory section. High quality wood engraving on Vélin BFK Rives from the German edition. Certificate of authenticity is on the back certified by the Centaur Sculpture Galleries No. 45980. Published by Joseph Foret and the Heures Claires, the Divine Comédie illustrated by Dali represents one of his masterpieces.(Catalog raisonné Field, ed. The Salvador Dali Archives 1996 - p. 191) More than 3000 woodplates were engraved during three years to point out all the delicacy of the illustrations created by Dali.

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