Salvador Dalí, ‘The Alchemist (L'Alchimiste)’, 1975, E-Moderne Gallerie
Salvador Dalí, ‘The Alchemist (L'Alchimiste)’, 1975, E-Moderne Gallerie
Salvador Dalí, ‘The Alchemist (L'Alchimiste)’, 1975, E-Moderne Gallerie
Salvador Dalí, ‘The Alchemist (L'Alchimiste)’, 1975, E-Moderne Gallerie
Salvador Dalí, ‘The Alchemist (L'Alchimiste)’, 1975, E-Moderne Gallerie

This work is framed. Frame size 39 x 31" x 2".
About the artist and the series. Dali's love and devotion to his wife are very apparent, as evidenced by her presence in many of his paintings. Salvador Dali nicknamed his wife "Lionette" because he claimed that when she became angry, she roared like the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor lion.

Salvador Dalí was born on 1904 in Figueres. Dalí was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. Dali discovered the psychoanalytic concepts of Freud, and the work of metaphysical painters consequently began using psychoanalytic methods of mining the subconscious to generate imagery.

In Paris, he was introduced to the Surrealists. Dalí and his wife moved to the United States during World War II;. Dalí's major contribution to the Surrealist movement was what he called the "paranoiac-critical method."

Salvador Dali's eccentric nature made him the most prominent representative of the Surrealist movement.

In 1975 Salvador Dalí focused his attention on completing a series of prints that would eventually become one of his most cherished works. These prints would be linked together through a common theme, the philosophy of Alchemy. To complete such a task, Dalí concentrated all his ambitions and talents toward its creation. The result would be a suite unlike any other Dalí had previously made. The Alchemy of The Philosophers melded together Dalí’s obsessive interest in the field of Alchemy with his magnificent surreal creativity.

L'Alchimiste 1975
The Salvador Dali L'Alchimiste etching with drypoint, according to Lopsinger, was published under two contracts; one in 1973 and one in 1975.
The edition in 1975 contained hand coloring while the edition from 1973 did not.

The total print for the 1975 edition is signed Artist Proof by Salvador Dali. A pencil marking can be found on the left-hand corner of the work.

Series: Information not available

Signature: Yes

Image rights: Owner & Gallery

Publisher: No information

E-Moderne Gallerie, Philadelphia, PA, USA


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