(1904-1989) Dalí, the great multidisciplinary artist of the 20th century and of surrealism, is best known for his stunning dreamlike images, which already gained renown and popularity during the artist’s life. Being an extremely independent, imaginative artist, he always showed a distinct tendency toward rather outlandish behaviour. At the Students’ Residence, he made friends with the great poet Federico García Lorca and the filmmaker Luis Buñuel. At the presentation of Buñuel’s film “Un perro andaluz”, he met Gala, who would become his wife and his muse, a key figure in his artistic creation.
Los Cantos de Maldoror
This is an artist’s book to really enjoy, featuring the graphics Salvador Dalí produced to illustrate Los Cantos de Maldoror by Comte de Lautréamont, a crucial work that was considered emblematic by the avant-garde movement of surrealism. The poetic prose of Los Cantos evokes an imaginary, dreamlike world that Dalí used to present some of his most characteristic icons and figures, and which he would repeat in future works.
ARTIKA, in conjunction with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, has produced this inimitable gem of a limited edition, published in the form of 2,998 numbered copies.
Our journey into Dalí’s world is symbolised by the impressive beech wood box that resembles an old-fashioned travelling suitcase; it is also a homage to the two geniuses covered in this work, both of whom were travellers during their whole lives. The box’s red silk interior contains all the different elements, protected by an oxidised iron plate, and which announce that our journey into surrealism is about to begin.
The reproductions of Dalí’s 42 illustrations are published in six spectacular notebooks, one for each of the Cantos. Meanwhile, in what is both a knowing nod to surrealism and a labyrinthine exercise, the text plays with different colours and infinite lines.
The Study Book will prove indispensable for anyone wishing to understand the world of Dalí and his fellow-travellers. The volume is comprised of contributions from specialists in each particular field who attempt to answer all the disturbing questions raised by the work.
And by way of a finale, the work includes a folder that contains previously unpublished facsimile reproductions of 11 preparatory drawings and four proof etchings of one of the engravings, all of which will help the reader to comprehend the painstaking process used by the artist.
Los Ensayos de Montaigne
This unique limited edition features the paintings and drawings Salvador Dalí created to illustrate the works of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. An important figure in the 16th century, Montaigne was the first person to use the term essay to describe a series of writings consisting of reflections on the world in which he lived.
Artika, in conjunction with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, has published a unique masterpiece of art in which Dalí, who was enthralled by the French nobleman, selected and illustrated 21 chapters of the latter’s work, and which represent a compilation of Montaigne’s values, thoughts and philosophy.
In this book of essays, bound in copper-coloured silk, Dalí offers his inimitable views and ideas on the texts selected, in the form of 37 paintings and drawings.
A collection of 15 prints (in Indian ink and watercolour) are presented in an elegant folder, each one numbered and featuring the seal of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation to guarantee the veracity of the reproductions.
The work includes a Study Book that contains an in-depth examination of the works of Montaigne and Dalí, as well as exploring the creation of this new literary genre. An essential analysis, written in clear, concise language, and which helps the reader to understand artist’s illustrations, and thus to appreciate better this collector’s masterpiece.
The volumes are presented in a copper-coloured box, specially hand-made for this edition of 3,000 numbered copies.
Autobiografía de Cellini
The life of Benvenuto Cellini is the central thread of this unique work of art, published in conjunction with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, in which the painter from the Ampurdan region expresses his admiration and personal view of the Renaissance genius, in the form of 52 drawings that combine the essence of Renaissance Florence with Dalí’s characteristically inscrutable interpretations.
This exclusive book, lined with black silk, brings together the art of the great Italian city, Cellini’s texts and the breathtaking inspiration of Salvador Dalí, in the form of reproductions of his simple, descriptive line drawings depicting different figures and scenes of action, all of which spring up magically among Cellini’s entertaining, eloquent texts.
The book is fastened shut with a lovely piece of goldsmithery – the Leaf-veined hand, created by Dalí himself and reproduced in its original size, exclusively for this work.
In the Study Book, leading specialists help the reader to find out more about the work of the two artists, by situating them in their respective ages, analysing their secrets and revealing the essence of each drawing through detailed explanations of each of the prints.
This masterpiece, numbered and limited to 998 copies, comes with a beautiful gold and black case which transforms into a lectern that can be used to display and enjoy this inimitable work.
An outstanding edition of Cervantes’ timeless work, featuring facsimile reproductions of the watercolours and drawings produced by Dalí, who was fascinated by the character of Don Quijote. Dalí’s unforgettable images, charged with fantasy, magic and wit, help to give the reader a fresh perspective on Cervantes’ tale.
On the occasion of Dalí Year in 2003 and the 4th centenary of the creation of El Quijote, Artika and the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundationpresented a creative visualisation by a great artistic genius of the most important novels in literature.
With his own unique way of seeing things, Dalí places Don Quijote in an extraordinary Dalinian world – Cervantes’ passages are enriched with the painter’s characteristic iconography, with precisely-explained features, architectural forms, figures, ants, pebbles and spiral forms, and these intense designs serve to revitalise the scenes in the novel.
The volume, sewn by hand and with bound red velvet covers, include the prints illustrated by the Ampurdan artist and the complete text of the work just as it was published in the 17th century, together with annotations by the renowned philologist Martín de Riquer.
In the Study Book, a number of specialists take us deep into the complex world Cervantes created, as well as examining and interpreting Dalí’s designs and compositions to give the reader an overview of the whole work. And since the Study Book is such a treasure, it is fitting that it should be concealed secretly inside a case lined in gold fabric.
A unique work of art, published in the form of a limited edition of 998 numbered copies.