Salvador Dalí, ‘Nude with Garter’, 1969, Galerie d'Orsay

1969, Pierre Argillet came back from India with many photographs, which Dali used as groundwork to create his series entitled “Les Hippies”, his own interpretation of the “Love and Peace” years. The etchings reveal the superb, spontaneous and consummate technique of the artist at the peak of his maturity. Outlandish, surrealist characters or situations appear through intricate whirls or golden halos.

Signature: Signed by the artist

Publisher: Éditions Argillet, Paris

Pierre Argillet (1910-2001); Museum of Surrealism, France. Galerie d’Orsay, Boston. Pierre Argillet bequeathed his collection of Salvador Dali fine artworks to the Museum of Surrealism upon his passing in 2001.

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