Casanova - Salvador Dalí
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. This suite is comprised of 14 full page original engravings with lithographic color. Published in 1967, Dali illustrates seven tales written by Giacomo Casanova, the famous adventurer, author and womanizer. His name remains synonymous with the art of seduction. Although multi-faceted and complex, Casanova's personality was dominated by his sensual urges: “Cultivating whatever gave pleasure to my senses was always the chief business of my life; I never found any occupation more important”.
Dali’s artistic genius created works that provoke and liberate desire, adding a Dalinian twist to Casanova’s tales.