Salvador Dali - Carmen

Salvador Dali
Spanish (1904 – 1989)

Salvador Dali Carmen – 1970

The Salvador Dali Carmen suite is an opera with four acts.  Georges Bizet wrote the opera, and it was first performed in 1875.  Salvador Dali depicted Carmen as an illustrated suite.  The suite is broken into four acts. The suite consists of 25 lithographs on various papers.  The lithographs are contained in a red portfolio box with justification and text.  The text splits the suite into the four sections.  The sheets have full margins, loose as issued with an image size of 21 x 17″ and a sheet size of 25 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. The suite was published by Shorewood Publishers, New York with an edition of 276 plus proofs. Each of the lithographs is signed and numbered.


Salvador Dalí is perhaps the most broadly known member of the Surrealist movement of the early twentieth century. Heavily influenced by Sigmund Freud, the avant-garde style explored consciousness and dream-like states. It did this through exaggerated landscapes and bizarre or grotesque imagery. Using the means of painting, Dalí explored these ideas with a meticulous hand and inventive wit. He also used sculpture, printmaking, film and literature,

Although known for his role in Surrealism, Dalí was also a seminal example of celebrity showmanship and the cult of personality, a phenomenon that dominates popular culture today. Always a colorful and flamboyant presence with his signature cape, wide-eyed expression and trademark upturned waxed mustache, Dalí was a master of self-promotion and spectacle. Click on this link for additional background information on Salvador Dali.


The total edition size for Carmen is 276 plus proofs. 125 suites are on Arches paper. The numbering of these books is 1/125 – 125/125. An additional 125 suites are on Arches paper. The numbering of these suites is I/CXXV – CXXV/CXXV.  There is also a suite on Japon.  The numbering is A – Z.  However, there is some confusion as to whether all of this suite is on Japon.  Some may be on Arches.  The suite is in a red box with hinges.  The title, Carmen, is on the cover.

Available for sale are:

1)  The the complete suite with 25 lithographs.  Available!!!

2)  Individual lithographs  lithographs as indicated below.  Available

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