Mao Zedong Bust of Mao
Bust of Mao
Suite: Mao Tse-Toung
Dimensions: 15″ x 11″
Medium: Original etching
Edition Number: 20/95 on Japon
Tirage: Suite of 8 original etchings reworked in drypoint published in
1967. Numbered 1 – 95 on Japanese paper and
1 – 150 on Arches
Triad Art Group
Jean Christophe Argillet, by succession
Musee du Surréalisme, Melun, France
Pierre & Genevieve Argillet, Publishers
“Mao Zedong Bust of Mao” which features dancing demons is from the Poems by Mao Tse-Toung series. Mao Tse-Toung was an iconic figure and absolute leader of Communist China who was surprisingly a calligrapher and graceful and eloquent poet. In the midst of a cultural revolution in China, riots in France shortly followed in May of 1968. During this time Pierre Argillet brought the book of “Poems” by Mao Tse-Toung to Dalí. Tickled, the artist decided to create eight illustrations, some of which were political satires.
When Argillet asked Dalí why the body of Mao was missing a head he replied, “Well, the man was so tall that he didn’t fit on the page!”
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.