Salvador Dalí, ‘Vénus, Mars et Cupidon, from Mythologique nouvelle (Venus, Mars and Cupid, from New Mythologies)’, 1971, Phillips

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Image: 57.5 x 39.6 cm (22 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.)
Sheet: 64.8 x 49.8 cm (25 1/2 x 19 5/8 in.)

Signed and inscribed 'Bon pour couleur' in pencil (the 'colour approval' impression before the editions of 150 on Rives and 120 on Japon nacré papers, there were also 50 artist's proofs on Auvergne paper), published by Vision Nouvelle, Paris, printed by Atelier Rigal, Paris, and inscribed 'Epreuve aquarelle pour B.A.T. faisant partie de notre collection' by Denise Rigal in pencil on the reverse, unframed.

This work is registered in the Archives Descharnes under number D_5670 (a certificate has been issued and is available for purchase from the Archives Descharnes)

see Ralf Michler and Lutz W. Löpsinger 487

Atelier Rigal, Paris
Private Collection, France

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