L'Alchimie des Philosophes - L'Ouroboros

L'Alchimie des Philosophes - L'Ouroboros is a beautiful mixed-media etching: drypoint, lithograph, silkscreen, and collage on parchment made by Salvador Dalí. Hand-signed on the lower right margin. Hand-numbered in Arab numerals on the lower right. Edition of 225 prints.

In excellent conditions, except for some usual and light folds; including four shining black zircons attached in the center of the sheet.

Realized in 1976 by the elderly Catalan artist, this wonderful plate is from "L'Alchimie des Philosophes" (Alchemy of the Philosophers), a portfolio of 10 drypoint etchings with lithography and silkscreen printing including various alchemical writings realized over 1500 years. The etchings were reworked in drypoint by Dalí.

Designed by Yves and Ariane Lancell GauguetAlchemie des philosophes brings together ancient alchemical texts and manuscripts in unpublished original translations in French and English.

It is an edition in the form of a book-object or an artist's book (proposed in a box, resembling two volumes, which contain the sheets, the "loose" boards, and an "alchemical wheel", filled with mercury).

Reference: 

  • Salvador Dalì, Catalogue Raisonné of Etching and Mixed-Media Prints, 1924-1980, Prestel, p. 251, image n. 843.
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Artist Salvador Dalí
Typology Original Prints
Technique Mixed Media
Year 1976
Editor Art et Valeur
Image Dimensions (cm) No
Dimensions (cm) 76 x 56
Subject Decorative, Fantastic, Mythology

L'Alchimie des Philosophes - L'Ouroboros is a beautiful mixed-media etching: drypoint, lithograph, silkscreen, and collage on parchment made by Salvador Dalí. Hand-signed in black pencil on the lower right margin. Hand-numbered in Arab numerals on the lower right. Edition of 225 prints.

In excellent conditions, except for some usual and light folds; including four shining black zircons attached in the center of the sheet.

Realized in 1976 by the elderly Catalan artist, this wonderful plate is from "L'Alchimie des Philosophes" (Alchemy of the Philosophers), a portfolio of 10 drypoint etchings with lithography and silkscreen printing including various alchemical writings realized over 1500 years. The etchings were reworked in drypoint by Dalí. The whole edition includes 275 specimens with the first group of 50 prints in Roman numerals, and the last 225 in Arab numerals.

Designed by Yves and Ariane Lancell GauguetAlchemie des philosophes brings together ancient alchemical texts and manuscripts in unpublished original translations in French and English. Chinese, Indian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, and Western philosophies are represented by these key texts. Dalí's book is designed to be easily consulted in spipte of its large size, thanks to the box specially designed for this purpose.

It is an edition in the form of a book-object or an artist's book (proposed in a box, resembling two volumes, which contain the sheets, the "loose" boards, and an "alchemical wheel", filled with mercury): an exemplary work for the diversity of techniques, for the author's skills, and for the exceptional intuitions of artistic experimentation.

The mature Dalí meditates on the principle of alchemy, which is based on the idea of natural metamorphosis, i.e. the belief that all metals would end up turning into gold after millions of years. What nature can only improve after a long period of time, the human being can realize through his art, and in a very short time! This is the incredible myth of Dalí!

Reference:

  • Salvador Dalì, Catalogue Raisonné of Etching and Mixed-Media Prints, 1924-1980, Prestel, p. 251, image n. 843.

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