Salvador Dali - Les Chants de Maldoror
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Les Chants de Maldoror

Les Chants de Maldoror Book with 50 Drypoint Engravings | 13″ x 10″ | Edition #62/100

“Les Chants de Maldoror” (The Songs of Maldoror) was the
1868 book of poems created by the mad Uruguayan-born
French poet Isidore Ducasse. The book consists of six
“songs,” describing a romantic epic of the anti-hero

This “cult” creation became the inspiration for both the
Surrealist and Dada movements of the 20th century.
The imagination of Ducasse runs wild and the artists
and Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Giorgio Di Chirico, Hans
Bellmer, and of course, Salvador Dali all created
illustrations depicting their interpretations of the
hallucinatory images in “Les Chants de Maldoror.”

In the 1930s publisher Albert Skira commissioned
Dali to create illustrations for the work. Originally
asking Picasso who wasn’t a Surrealist and would
suggest his Spanish compatriot Dali as the most
logical choice to take on the task of illustrating
Les Chants. Although Albert Skira ran out of money
in the 1930s Argillet was able to purchase the plates
and the rights to print a completed version in 1973.

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Nicole Wolff
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Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age Dalí was encouraged to practice his art, and he would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí's first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.