9 November 2000
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
Le songe d'un alchimiste (L'arbre de vie)
signed 'Dalí' (lower right) and inscribed 'ERMES TRIMEGISTRE' (upper right)
gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper
29½ x 22¼ in. (74.9 x 56.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1974-1975
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 2 October 1991, lot 79.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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This work is recorded in the archives of Robert Descharnes, Paris.
This watercolor is one of the original maquettes for the Alchimie des Philosophes suite of lithographs (Field, no. 75-12; Michler and Löpsinjer, nos. 835-844), published in 1976.
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