Surrealist Salvador Dali was certainly one of the most influential & well known painters of the 20th century, but it’s not so widely known that he was also a gifted filmmaker, photographer, writer and illustrator. Eccentric by nature, it is no surprise that Dali was drawn to creating works to illustrate stories that touched upon his own surrealistic sensibilities, such tales as Dante‘s Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, Macbeth, and of course Lewis Carroll‘s Alice In Wonderland.
Dali created a series of 13 lithographs depicting Alice‘s adventures (published in 1969 by Press-Random House), each vibrant and bizarre with a dreamy, almost child-like splatter-art feel to them, a bit like Ralph Steadman without the psychotic edginess (I love Ralph’s work). Alice, depicted as a girl jumping rope, is shown in each colorful image of the series as she travels through a dreamlike world of nonsense populated by an unusual cast of unlikely characters.
Dali also later sculpted a 15.7″ tall x 35.4″ wide bronze statuette of Alice jumping rope beside one of the artist’s signature stylized crutches.
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