Salvador Dalí, ‘The Tree of Knowledge, from: The Earthly Paradise | L’arbre de Connaissance, from: Le Paradis Terrestre’, 1974, Gilden's Art Gallery

1904 - Figueras-1989 (Spanish)

Title: The Tree of Knowledge, from: The Earthly Paradise | L’arbre de Connaissance, from: Le Paradis Terrestre, 1974

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Drypoint in Colours on Lana Wove Paper

Paper size: 56 x 44.5 cm. / 22 x 17.5 in.
Image size: 26.5 x 20.8 cm. / 10.4 x 8.2 in.

Additional Information: This original drypoint in colours is hand signed by the artist in pencil "Dalí" at the lower right margin.
It is hand numbered and inscribed in pencil, from the total edition of 225 on Lana paper at the lower left margin. There were also 25 impressions on Auvergne paper which were numbered with Roman numerals.
It is part of the portfolio “The Earthly Paradise”, which was commissioned by Cercle des bibliophiles de l’automobile Club de France, to illustrate Milton’s Paradise Lost.
The work was printed in a limited edition of 250 impressions on Lana paper by Ateliers Rigal and was published by Editions de Francony, Nice in 1974.
The paper bears the Lana watermark.


  1. Michler, R. & Löpsinger, L. W. (1994). Salvador Dalí: Das Druckgraphische Werk 1924-1980.Œuvrekatalog der Radierungen und Mixed-Media-Graphiken. Munich & New York: Prestel Verlag.
    Reference: Michler & Löpsinger, No. 708
  2. Field, A. (1996). The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dalí. New York: The Salvador Dalí Archives. Reference: Field 74-11 B

Condition: Excellent condition.

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