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Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
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Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)


Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
signed and dated 'Dalí 1966' (upper left)
gouache, watercolour, pen and India ink and charcoal on paper
15 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (38.5 x 28.3 cm.)
Executed in 1966
Acquired directly from the artist, and thence by descent to the present owner.
S. Dalí, M. Castells, M. Forcano & R. Mas Peinado, Les mil i una nits, Barcelona, 2014, p. 29 (illustrated).
Turin, Palazzo Bricherasio, Salvador Dalí: La vita è sogno, November 1996 - March 1997.
Bruges, Stichting Sint-Jan, Salvador Dalí: Doeken & Aquarellen, July - November 1997.
Augsburg, Römisches Museum, Dalí, Mara e Beppe: Bilder einer Freundschaft, September - November 2000.
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Lot Essay

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

Throughout his career, Salvador Dalí executed illustrations for many editions of classical literature, including Don QuixotteThe Divine Comedy and Macbeth. His 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and One Nights, however, commissioned from the artist by the family of the present owner in the 1960s, remained unpublished until 2014.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 the artist’s original and unique relationship with classical and literary tradition, and his constant search for an avant-garde re-interpretation of myths and classical 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 Ninth 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 characters were central to the European understanding and imagining of Arabian and Persian history and visual culture.

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