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Salvador Dalì - original board – "Il superbo" Divina Commedia Purgatorio Canto XI (11).

Original board created using woodcut technique in color on BFK Rives paper. The board comes from the most important body of illustrative work ever made by the great Spanish master. This work is one of 100 boards from the three canticles of the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Dalì took ten years - from 1950 to 1959 - to complete these boards, presenting them to the public in 1960 at the Palais Gallièra in Paris. The boards were made mainly using watercolor with additions in pen in an interpretation and reinvention of what the lines of the 'Divine Comedy' aroused in Dalí's visionary imagination. The result is shapes and colors that are both grotesque, irreverent, ironic, dramatic, sensual, ecstatic, allegorical and even graceful and sublime.

When discussing his woodcuts dedicated to The Divine Comedy, Salvador Dalí said "I wanted my illustrations for Dante to be like slight marks of moisture on a divine cheese. Hence their multicolored butterfly-winged appearance".

Size of artwork: 26 x 33 cm

Please note: The colors in the photograph of the work may differ from those shown on the display.The boards may display slight marks or stains due to the aging of the paper. One of the edges is uncut or hand-cut. These details in no way affect the value of the work.

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A Friend of History Life Onlus

Item #P63408

  • In condition as donated.

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