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Title: " Surrealist Knight "

Artist:Salvador Dali
LARGE Original Lithograph , Signed and Numbered by Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali Pencil Signed Original Lithograph "Surrealist Knight "

Approximate Size: 30 x 22 Inches

A certificate of authenticity is provided; authentic guaranteed. This beautiful work is professionally gallery framed at no additonal cost.

Salvador Dali did innumerable works _ paintings, prints, drawings, dedicatory sketches and more _ depicting a Don Quixote-like figure astride a horse, as they proceeded upon their imaginative adventures.
Salvador Dal’ (1904 - 1989)

very important artistic hero to Salvador Dali was Diego Velasquez, the great 17th century painter. In fact, of the many Old Masters Dali revered and was inspired by, Velasquez was at the very top of his list of favorites. And within VelasquezÍ catalog of masterworks was ñLas Meninasî (ñThe Maids of Honorî), a detail of which appears in the hollowed-out torso of the rider here in ñSurrealist Knight.î SheÍs the Infanta Margarita, and so taken was Dali by this little princess that he did an entire work in praise of her and Velasquez _ a magnificent oil on canvas called ñVelasquez Painting the Infanta Margarita with the Lights and Shadows of His Own Glory.î The 1958 painting hangs in the Dali Museum in Florida, and was long known to be the single favorite Dali work of museum benefactor, Eleanor Morse.
The Surrealist knight in the present print sits proudly, gallantly, fearlessly upon his steed, marching off to certain victory, a kind of red cape trailing behind him, his left arm outstretched in a gesture of resolute determination. The hole through him a reminder of the transcendence of the spirit beyond the mortal flesh.
Is this dramatic print really a metaphor for three triumphant titans: Don Quixote, Velasquez, and ƒƒƒƒ.Dali?! ñSurrealist Knightî is clearly a tribute to Velasquez. But the work may also be a symbol of DaliÍs own much-deserved self-pride. After all, he rode with determination onto the landscape of 20the century art and culture _ and triumphantly changed it forever.


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