Salvador Dalí, ‘Original Sin’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Original Sin’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

Dali illustrates the story of how sin entered into the world. He depicts Adam and Eve in only ink and instead focuses on the serpent, shown here as the female demon Lilith. The demon is the only figure in color, and she is painted a bright yellow. Dali pays particular attention to Lilith's tail which coils around the tree like a DNA spiral. The demon's face also stands in for Eve, who is faceless. Dali draws our attention to the powerful agent who brought evil into the world instead of the figures who succumbed to sin.

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