Mythology – Leda and the Swan
Leda and the Swan
Dimensions: 30″ x 22″
Medium: Original etching
Edition Number: EA 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 #EA
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 Leda. Leda, wife of Tyndareau, the King of Sparta, was seduced by Zeus disguised in the form of a swan. Leda then bore Zeus’ children Helen and Polydeuces at the same time as bearing her husband’s children Castor and Clytemnestra.
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.