Orig Salvador Dali Woodblock Print Of Dante’s Divine Comedy #24 Of Purgatory Yqz

Orig Salvador Dali Woodblock Print Of Dante’s Divine Comedy #24 Of Purgatory Yqz

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German Edition (Only 386± Sets Completed) Block Signed

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We are so excited, in our possession is Salvador Dali’s complete set of 100 woodblock prints of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Each woodblock has a block signature in the image area and are matted in a paper sleeve. That would make this the “German Edition” of this set. They were published by Les Heures Claires in France. There is a BFK Rives watermark on two out of every four prints. The watermarks appeared only twice per sheet of four woodcuts, two out of every four are without a watermark. The woodcuts can be either forward or backwards and can be viewed by placing the print between you and a light source. The watermark will be visible along the lower edge if there.

There were approx. 386 German editions completed. (There were two other editions printed, the French Edition and the Italian edition, neither one of those were matted nor completely signed with the block signature in every woodblock.) That makes these the rarest of all the Divine Comedy sets out there.

The consignor has requested that we split the set up and allow them to be sold individually, thus allowing the average person the chance to own a part of art history. We are doing so over the month of March in what we are calling, “The 30 Days of Dali”.

The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, divided into three parts: The Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. This sale is for the twenty fourth from the second part, Purgatory. Titled, “Canto 24: The Tree Of Punishment ”.

It measures approx. 9 5/8” x 13” for the print sheet, the bottom edge deckled, matted in a sleeve that measures approx. 13” x 17” with the right edges deckled.

The following is excerpted from Eleanor M. Hight "Dali and Dante: The Quest for Life's Meaning" and widely quoted on the internet.

In the early 1950s, shortly before the septecentennial of Dante's birth, Dali was invited by the Italian government to produce a series of illustrations for a deluxe edition of The Divine Comedy to be published by La Libreria dello Stato in Rome. Between 1951 and 1960 Dali created a series of 101 watercolors for the book, which was unhappily never completely realized in its textural form.

The watercolors were exhibited at the Palazzo Pallavici in Rome. However, the reception of Dali's project in Italy was extremely negative, since it did not seem appropriate for a Spanish (rather than Italian) painter, much less an irreverent Surrealist and sometime fascist sympathizer, to illustrate a commemorative edition of the greatest Italian poet's masterpiece to be published by the State Press.

Although the project was dropped in Italy, Dali strove to see its completion. In the late 1950s Dali met the French publisher, Joseph Foret, who had issue Dali's series of lithographs for Cervantes's Don Quixote in 1957-1958. After viewing a group of the watercolors for The Divine Comedy at Dali's studio, Foret enthusiastically set out to find support for the creation of The Divine Comedy.

He took it to the well known French editors and book publishers Les Heures Claires where he received equally enthusiastic support for the project. The directors of Les Heures Claires than immediately took full charge of the project; Mr. Riviere, the Financial Director, Mr. Blainon, the Marketing and Sales Director, and Mr. Estade, the Artistic Director. It was Mr. Estade's responsibility to work directly with Dali and the engravers to create the works.

The engraver, Raymond Jacquet with his assistant, Mr. Tarrico, created the wood blocks necessary to transfer Dali's watercolors to wood engravings, a medium chosen because of its ability to recreate subtle washes of color and delicate linear drawing.

In Dali's case anywhere from twenty to as many as thirty-seven separate blocks were needed to reproduce the watercolors. Although in the 1970s and 1980s Dali's forays into printmaking were often embedded in controversy, due mostly to the undocumented and seemingly unlimited printing of some of his images, this series of prints was strictly controlled, and the approximately 3000 woodblocks used to create them were destroyed after the printing. Furthermore, it is clear that Dali's interests in such a project were literary, artistic and spiritual, rather than financial. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 2 lbs 8 oz in a 20 x 18 x 5 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!

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