Athene ( Athena ) 1963-65
Original etching with drypoint and aquatint printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES / FRANCE” watermark, with hand-coloring added.
Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Dalí.
A superb impression of the definitive state, #60 from the edition of 150 on this paper, numbered in pencil lower left (apart from the editions of 20 and 100 on Japan paper, the overall edition being 270). One of 16 plates illustrating the album “Mythologie,” published by Pierre Argillet, Paris; printed by Robbe, Paris.
Catalog: Michler/Löpsinger 130; Field 63-3P.
20 5/8 x 16 1/4 inches
Sheet Size: 29 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches
In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with full margins and deckled edges.
Provenance: from the collection of Pierre Argillet, Paris
Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age Dalí was encouraged to practice his art, and he would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí's first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. The rise of fascist leader Francisco Franco in Spain led to the artist's expulsion from the Surrealist movement, but that didn't stop him from painting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.