Salvador Dalí, ‘The Angel Drove Out The Fiery Flame’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘The Angel Drove Out The Fiery Flame’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This relatively restrained image is based on passages from the Book of Daniel. In that story, King Nebuchadnezzar requires everyone to bow down to a statue of Baal. When three men refuse to worship the false idol, the king has them thrown into a furnace. However, the three men are protected by an angel and are unharmed. Dali's image shows the furnace in grey. The splashes of paint suggest flames or ash spewing out. A figure appears in the far left; it may be one of the men or the angel watching over them.

Series: From the Biblia Sacra Suite: the largest suite of prints ever produced by Salvador Dali

Signature: Signed in the plate, lower right

Publisher: Rizzoli of Milan, Itlay

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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