Salvador Dalí, ‘The Family of Ruth, The Moabite’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

Swaths of rich deep blue comprise the landscape which surrounds Ruth and her fellow harvesters. Ruth is a particularly important figure to Christians since she is a female ancestor of Jesus. The dark shrouded faces of the figures in the piece may be a reference to Spaniards, historically called Moors. Just as Ruth's lineage is significant, Dali wanted to establish the legitimacy of his own Spanish heritage.

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