SALVADOR DALI "TWELVE TRIBES" ETCHING, 1972

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Israel, Salvador Dali (1904-1989) created the elegant and poetic "Twelve Tribes of Israel" portfolio in 1972.

Working with the themes of exile and return, or mythology, icon and faith Dali created a suite of images, using the same techniques and aesthetic that appear in his wide and complex oeuvre.

Tribal or group identity is established and reinforced through traditions, beliefs, rituals and icons. Dali created new, or refashions, icons for each of Jacob's brothers - the 12 tribes of Israel. 

Salvador Dali is arguably Surrealism's most accomplished and iconic practitioner.

Prolific and endlessly inventive, Dali worked in almost every possible artistic medium; film, sculpture, photography, fashion and of course painting. 

Since the beginning of his career Dali worked in the graphic arts. Some of his earliest etchings date to the 1930's. 

However his multiples from the 1960's and 1970's are most desirable. During this period Dali experimented with techniques and challenged the typical conventions of printmaking.

This frontispiece from "Twelve Tribes" is both a paradigm of Dali's work and another fine example of his fascination and inspiration with ancient Israel. 

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Signed, numbered and dated 1972 by the artist 

From an edition of 60.

Hand-colored etching.

Very good condition

25.5"H 20"W (work)

37"H 30.5"W  (framed)

Very good condition.

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