Salvador Dalí, ‘Romeo & Juliet, No. 10’, ca. 1967, Robin Rile Fine Art

Accompanied by an original certification of authenticity from Nicolas and Oliver Descharnes, Ref: D5804, 14 April 2017.
This gouache on paper is the original artwork to Salvador Dalí’s 1975 set of illustrations for Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Printed in 1975 by Rizzoli and Rizzoli, each series consisted of 10 off-set lithographs on heavy paper with 99 pages of bound text contained in a red/burgundy silk slipcase with the lithographs signed in the plate. A total of 999 books were published. This gouache is the last of the ten works originally created.

Private Collection, Rome to Present Owner

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