Salvador Dalí, ‘Noah Who Planted The First Vineyard’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Noah Who Planted The First Vineyard’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This violent and chaotic print illustrates the story of Noah's intoxication after drinking too much wine from his vineyard. Noah, passed out and undressed, is shown lying on the ground in the lower right of the image. His two sons who clothe him stand above him. Although they are the central figures in the story, they are not the focus of the image. Instead, Dali paints a splattered mass which forms an outline of a lion in the middle and a talon grasping at grapes below.

Series: From the Biblia Sacra Suite: the largest suite of prints ever produced by Salvador Dali

Signature: Signed in the plate

Publisher: Rizzoli of Milan, Italy

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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