Title: Bicephale (s.8546)
Medium: Original Drypoint etching with drypoint and hand colouring in watercolour, 1968, on Japanese paper with full margins, stamp signed and signed by the artist in pencil (Both lower right).
Michler-Lopsinger (Prestel) “Salvador Dali : Catalogue Raisonne of etchings & Mixed media Prints, 1924 – 80” – Number 255
Albert Field: “The Official Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali” 68-2 H
Published by : P.Argillet, Paris
Printed by: Robbe, Paris
Note: This was a series of 18 etchings which were published in the
book of the same name with texts by the 16th century poet Pierre de
Ronsard, whose Amours de Cassandra was first published in 1550. They were written in honour of Cassandra Salviati, whom Ronsard met at the Chateau of the Duke of d’Orléans when she was a beautiful fifteen-year-old. When Dali was commissioned to illustrate a publication of these very famous sonnets, like Matisse he turned to the portrait contained in the original edition, by an un- known artist. A separate edition, of which our example forms part, was made on Japanese paper, hand coloured and signed and numbered.
Edition: 31/95 There were also 150 on Japanese paper and 150 on Rives.
Size: Paper size: 282 x 380 mms; plate size 247 x 343 mms.