Salvador Dalí, ‘Sorcière au Balai (Witches with Broom)’, 1968, Galerie d'Orsay

In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with full margins and deckled edges. Michler/Löpsinger 300; Field 69-1.C. A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 145 on this paper, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (apart from the French and German book editions). One of 21 drypoints (11 full plates and 10 vignettes) illustrating Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust: La Nuit de Walpurgis. Published by Éditions Argillet, Paris; printed by Étienne-Denis Braillard, Geneva. Bearing the Dalí signature blindstamp in the margin lower right.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Dalí.

Publisher: Published by Éditions Argillet, Paris

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