Salvador DalíKing of Aragon 1973

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Artist
Salvador Dalí (1904‑1989)
Title
King of Aragon
Date 1973
MediumEtching and mezzotint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 483 x 356 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Christie's Contemporary Art 1979
Reference
P01864
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Catalogue entry

Salvador Dalí 1904–1989

King of Aragon
1972–3
Etching with mezzotint on Rigal paper
Image 483 x 356 mm on 670 x 500 mm
Presented by Christie’s Contemporary Art, London 1979
P01864

References:

1996
Albert Field, The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dalí, New York 1996, p.80.

King of Aragon is similar to other graphic work executed by Dalí in the 1970s, notably his illustrations for his 1932 film scenario, Babaouo, published as a graphic suite in 1978, which similarly modelled an image from an abstract splodge of ink set against a loosely drawn background. Here, the ink stain becomes the King’s royal robes trimmed in ermine; he extends his right arm in a benevolent gesture, while a parade of horsemen and holy figures fills the background. The King is capped by a floating crown – an emblem the artist used frequently in his work and especially in his own signature; for Dalí, this crown signified both monarchy and morphology, as its shape was derived from a well-known stroboscopic photograph of a drop of milk splashing into a bowl… (read more)

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