Salvador Dalí, ‘Le Bestiare de la Fontaine Dalinesé (La Fontaine's Bestiary Dalinized)’, 1974, Phillips

All images approximately 22 3/4 x 15 5/8 in. (57.8 x 39.7 cm)
All sheets 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm)

All signed and annotated 'E.A.' in pencil (an artist's proof, the edition was 250 on Arches and 250 on Japanese paper), published by Robert Mouret, Paris.

Including: Portrait of La Fontaine; The Elephant and Jupiter's Monkey; The Horse that wanted Revenge on the Stag; The Raven and the Fox; Plague-Stricken Animals; The Horse and the Wolf; The Sick Stag; The Stag Reflected in the Water; The Monkey and the Leopard; The Coach and the Fly; The Lion's Court; and The Oak and the Reed

Ralf Michler and Lutz W. Lopsinger 653-664

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