Salvador Dali, Put to Death, Les Chants de Maldoror, 1934, Etching(237 views)
Description: Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), Untitled (Put to Death) from 'Les Chants de Maldoror', 1934. Etching with full margins; Edition of 100. Published by Albert Skira, Paris. Reference: Michler/Löpsinger 12 and 20; Field 34-2.
In 1930 Dali was invited to illustrate Les Chants de Maldoror, an 1869 text rediscovered by the Surrealists in the 1930s that told a nightmarish tale of an unrepentantly evil protagonist. The book was filled with scenes of violence, perversion, and blasphemy. Dali, who worked in a method he called "paranoiac-critical," used a stream-of-consciousness process to access hallucinations and delusions. These personal visions, rather than scenes described in the prose poem, became the subjects of his illustrations. [Source: MoMA]
Condition Report: Very good, fine condition.
Dimensions: Platemarks: 8 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. (22.5 x 17.1cm) ; Full sheet: 13 x 10 in. ; Mat: 19 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.
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