Salvador Dalí, ‘L'Ampoule à incandescence (The Electric Lightbulb), for Hommage à Leonardo da Vinci (American Inventions)’, 1975, Phillips

Image: 20 x 14 3/8 in. (50.8 x 36.5 cm)
Sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 3/8 in. (75.9 x 56.8 cm)

This work is registered in the Archive Descharnes under number d5613.

Signature: Signed and inscribed 'Bon a tirer' in pencil (the 'good to print' impression, aside from the edition of 450 and 60 artist's proofs on Arches, published by Editions de Francony/Editions Graphiques Internationales), with further pencil annotations in the margins, printed by Ateliers Rigal, Paris, inscribed 'Epreuve rehaussée à la main par S. Dali pour essai en couleurs en BAT. Epreuve faisant partie de notre Collection Denise Rigal' by Denise Rigal in pencil on the reverse, including the Certificate of Authenticity from Archives Descharnes

see Ralf Michler and Lutz W. Löpsinger 811

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