Oedipus and Sphinx

Salvador Dalí
Oedipus and Sphinx
1963 – 1965

An original Salvador Dalí print.

1963 – 1965

Drypoint and aquatint etching on Japon paper

Signed by artist and numbered in pencil lower margin

Published by Editions Argillet, Paris. Superb impressions of these large, early prints. From the deluxe edition of 100 on Japon nacré, aside from the regular edition of 150 on Arches.

Catalog: Michler/Lopsinger 116-131, Field 63-3

Sheet Size: 30 1/4 x 22 5/8”

Dalí illustrated Mythology by drawing very closely upon the symbolism of the ancient Greek legends. Using what he called “hazard objectif”(the meaningful manifestation of chance), he would often start with an abstract smudge, created in a single motion, and he developed his theme from this sign of Fate, like the Pythia of Delphi who interpreted the Oracle from the smoke coming out of the cave. This is particularly noticeable in his etchings entitled: “Œdipus and Sphinx”, “Theseus and Minotaurus”, “Jupiter”, “Pegasus”, and “The Milky Way”.

When Dalí worked on these plates, he experimented with all kinds of unusual tools like chisels, nails or wheels for the “Birth of Venus”, even a real octopus immersed in acid, which left its imprint on his “Medusa”.

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