(1904 - 1989)
Spanish painter, graphic artist, filmmaker, writer.
A modern master of the surreal arts, Salvador Dali's works continually challenged convention by questioning the antithesis of surrealism: our normal sense of the "real."
Surrealism's objective was to make accessible to art the realms of the unconscious, irrational and imaginary. An expansive movement that extended beyond the canvas, Surrealism embraced literature, music, cinema, philosophy and popular culture. Dali's works drew inspiration from fellow Surrealists, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Joan Miro...
The Art of Love | Dali
Dali's The Art of Love portfolio was created in 1978 to accompany the songs of the same name written by Ovid almost 2000 years earlier. Illustrated with brilliant color and rich detail, these images portray Ovid's lessons on love, seduction and intrigue. The illustrations also emphasize Dali's sensuality, both in subject matter and style, as well as his customary attention to the feminine, a theme that played a large part in the artist's creative process. This portfolio, made up of etchings, lithographs, and woodcut engravings, is one of Salvador Dali's most rare books. Furthermore, the Art of Love book seen at William Bennett Modern is one of only nine Artist's Proofs in the world, thus providing an extraordinary viewing experience.