Salvador Dalí, ‘Our Historical Heritage’, 1975, Phillips

Property from a Private Collection
All images: approximately 15 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (40 x 57.8 cm)
All sheets: 26 x 19 5/8 in. (66 x 49.8 cm)

Signature: All signed and numbered 389/400 in pencil, from the edition of 450 with color variations (there was also an edition of 300 reserved for South America), published by Léon Amiel, Paris, all unframed.

Ralf Michler and Lutz Löpsinger 752-63

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