Mythology – The Judgement of Paris
Judgement of Paris
Dimensions: 30″ x 22″
Medium: Original etching
Edition Number: XV/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
Triad Art Group
Jean Christophe Argillet, by succession
Musee du Surréalisme, Melun, France
Pierre & Genevieve Argillet, Publishers
Dali 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 Paris. The goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite had become involved in a competition to judge the greatest beauty. Zeus deferred as judge and made the moral Paris the judge. In an attempt to win, the goddesses bribed Paris, and Aphrodite won after promising Paris the most beautiful woman in the world. Helen, wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta, escaped with her love Paris and this is the story of the beginning of the Trojan War.
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.