Salvador Dali

Don Juan – The Banquet

Don Juan – The Banquet | Etching on Japon | #VI/C

Suite of 3 hand-colored original drypoint etchings published in
1970, 25 x 20 inches. The three etchings are based on themes
of Seduction, Love, and Death.

Don Juan was a legendary, libertine character from the plays
of Tirso de Moline who created the works during the Spanish
Golden Age (1630s). He noticed that the people around him
were often throwing their lives away in sin thinking that as long
as they asked for forgiveness before they died they were
forgiven and could go to heaven. His plays highlighted the fact
that we all pay for our sins, and death makes us all equal.

From Tirso’s plays Don Juan’s legend continued to grow. In all
the variations Don Juan is a womanizer who was often involved
in violence or gambling. Don Juan had particular interest culturally
between the 1900s and 1930s in Spain. As this was Dali’s
formative years it is clear why he would explore this literary theme
within his career.

SKU: M-DALI-106261 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.