Salvador Dali - Salvador Dali

Mythology – Medusa

Salvador Dali
Suite: Mythology
Dimensions: 22″ x 30″
Medium: Original etching
Edition Number: X/XX on Japon

Tirage: Suite of 16 original mixed media prints using engraving and
drypoint, with hand-coloring. Completed between 1963 – 1965.
Numbered 1 – 150 on Arches and I – XX EA and I – C on
Japanese paper.

Triad Art Group
Jean Christophe Argillet, by succession
Musee du Surréalisme, Melun, France
Pierre & Genevieve Argillet, Publishers

Dalí illustrated Mythology by drawing very closely upon the symbolism of the ancient Greek legends. Using what he called “hazard objectif” (meaning manifestation by chance), he would often start with an abstract smudge created in a single motion. Here he is depicting a story of Medusa. Medusa was a Gorgon or winged woman with venomous snake of hair, whose stare would turn men to stone until she was beheaded by Perseus. The depiction of Medusa has been used throughout classical art to ward off evil. For this particular print Dalí imprinted onto the copper plate a real octopus immersed in acid.

SKU: M-DALI-106216 Artist: Tag:
Nicole Wolff
Gallery Director

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.