Salvador Dali - Triumph of the Sea

Salvador Dali
Spanish (1904 – 1989)

Dali Triumph of the Sea 1964

The Salvador Dali Triumph of the Sea lithograph was issued in 1964.  Dali signed the lithograph in pencil in the lower right.  Also, the number is in the lower left.  Moreover, the lithograph is on Arches paper.  It has full margins, is conserved, and is in fine condition. The size is 26 x 31 1/2″. The lithograph was published by Sidney Lucas, New York, and the total edition size was 162. This is a small size.  There are 150 on Arches.  Ten of the edition are on unwatermarked paper. Additionally, these are numbered A – J.  Finally, there are 2 extras on japon.


Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born in 1904 in Spain. He is a main contributor to the Surrealist movement.  For example “The Surrealists hailed what Dalí called his paranoiac-critical method of accessing the subconscious for greater artistic creativity. Also, Dali painted original works.  He used religious themes in many of this works. Hence, these originals were used as a basis for his etchings and lithographs. He took trips to Paris and the Untied States. His wife Gala often accompanied him.  She acted as his manager. She was the inspiration of many of his works. Hence, he wasn’t particularly interested in lithography as a medium.   Regardless, it did bring in money.   Finally, Dali died in 1989.

Salvador Dalí is perhaps the most broadly known member of the Surrealist movement of the early twentieth century. He was 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.

Mostly, Dali is known for his role in Surrealism. However, he is also a seminal example of celebrity showmanship and the cult of personality.  This is a phenomenon that dominates popular culture today. Unsurprisingly, he is always a colorful and flamboyant presence with his signature cape, wide-eyed expression and trademark upturned waxed mustache. Also, Dalí was a master of self-promotion and spectacle.

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Salvador Dali Triumph of the Sea

Triumph of the Sea