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    Sale 11793

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper

    23 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 104

    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)

    Le serpent et la pomme

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    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
    Le serpent et la pomme
    signed and dated 'Dalí 1966' (upper right)
    gouache, watercolour, brush and ink on paper
    15 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. (38.2 x 28.6 cm.)
    Executed in 1966

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    Nicolas and Olivier Descharnes have confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Throughout his career, Dalí executed illustrations for many editions of classical literature, including Don Quixotte, The Divine Comedy and Macbeth. Salvador Dalí's One Thousand and One Nights, however, commissioned from the artist by the family of the present owner in the 1960s, remained unpublished until 2014. Thus this group of works offers new and exceptional insight into Dalí's original and unique relationship with classical and literary tradition, and his constant search for an avant-garde re-interpretation of myths and iconographies.

    Extremely varied in its graphic style and entrancing with its dramatic imagery, Dalí’s series of illustrations for One Thousand and One Nights shows the artist’s interpretation of central figures and events in a complex and evolving narrative that may date back in its origins to the 9th Century. The stories of Scheherazade as retold in One Thousand and One Nights include some of the most recognisable images of Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, Indian, and Egyptian folklore. For many hundreds of years these stories and their central characters were central to a European understanding and imagining of Arabian and Persian history and visual culture.

    Special Notice

    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Acquired directly from the artist, and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    M. Castells et al, Les mil i una nits de Salvador Dalí, Barcelona, 2014, p. 53 (illustrated).


    Turin, Palazzo Bricherasio, Salvador Dalí, la vita è sogno, November 1996 - March 1997, no. 44, p. 80 (illustrated).
    Bruges, Stichting Sint-Jan, Salvador Dalí, Doeken & Aquarellen, July - November 1997.
    Augsburg, Römisches Museum, Dalí, Mara e Beppe, Bilder einer Freundschaft, September – November 2000.