The portfolio of two prints by Surrealist Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989) including “Gateway to the New World” and “Christopher Columbus”.
Salvador Dali was born in May 11, 1904 in the small agricultural town of Figueres, Spain. Figueres is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, only sixteen miles from the French border in the principality of Catalonia. The son of a prosperous notary, Salvador Dali spent his boyhood in Figueres and at the family’s summer home in the coastal fishing village of Cadaques where his parents built his first studio. As an adult, he made his home with…
About The Medium: Lithograph
A print created using flat stones or metal plates. The artist creates a lithograph by drawing an image directly onto the printing element using materials like lithograph crayons or special grease pencils. After this, the drawing is transferred from the plate to the paper in multiples. A lithograph will not have dots when examined with a magnifying glass.
The Dali Dali Discovers America is a portfolio of 2 lithographs in a folder with cover and title page. The image size of the lithographs is 22 3/4″ x 17″, while the sheet size of each lithograph is 29 7/8 x 21 5/8″. The individual works are Christopher Columbus Discovers American and Gateway to the new world. Dali signed each lithograph in the lower right and numbered in the lower left. The suite was published by Levine and Levine in 1979 and each sheet has the DALART N.V./Copyright 1979 blindstamp. According to Field, the plates are presumed destroyed. The set we have is authentic. It is in good condition. It is available for sale.
Dali’s vision of the heroic explorer Christopher Columbus is a fascinating and compelling statement of the master’s sense of identity as the most import pioneer of all that is new and unknown in modern art.
Columbus’s departure from Spain for the unknown, his quest for discovery, his ardor and passion in his search for new worlds can be seen in many ways as a brilliant analogy of Dali’s feeling about his own efforts in the world of art, as shown in the remarkable new lithograph.
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The heroic figure clothed in armor is carrying a pure white sword and the branch of peach and fruition. The vibrant red dolor of the clothing can be seen as a symbol of the ardor with which Columbus and his me attacked their mission. The kneeling, monkish figure to the left is a constant reminder that, although their journey could well require the might of the sword, and that the principal motivation for the exploration was the discovery of vast new treasures and the exploitation of profitable new trace routes, the passion to convert the heathens of any new worlds discovered was equally compelling. Click on this link for additional background information on Salvador Dali.
This is the tirage.