Salvador Dalí, ‘The Giant Beliagog (Tristan and Iseult, Plate P)’, 1970, Martin Lawrence Galleries

This drypoint measures 16 x 10.5 inches and is framed in archival materials.

Tristan and Iseult is a classic medieval tale of dragon-slaying, royalty, knights, love, adultery, honor, betrayals and disguises. It is the forerunner of the Arthurian legend where Tristan, Iseult and King Marc correspond to Lancelot, Guinevere and King Arthur. Through the ages, the trials and tribulations of these lovers have been told in tones of the utmost seriousness as well as comically. Dalí depicts his favorite scenes from the story in 21 color-printed drypoint etchings, mixing scenes from various tellings.

Signature: Signed by the Artist

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

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