Salvador Dalí

Hippies Le Cosmonaute (The Cosmonaut)

1969/70
drypoint etching on paper
Inventory number 380

The Hippies suite is in a total edition of 245 prints plus 24 proofs. Graphic Europa Anstalt published the suite. Many of the etchings in the Hippies suite are hand coloured or contain gold dust. The full suite of prints, when sold complete, is presented in an orange and magenta coloured cloth covered portfolio.

This artwork depicts a cosmonaut, walking in space. Cosmonauts are often referred to as astronauts. They are effectively the same thing; however, the difference is where they have trained to travel and work in space. Cosmonauts are specifically trained by the Russian Space Agency and astronauts are trained in western countries. The difference between the job titles occurred during the Cold War when the superpowers competed against each other in a race to get to space. 

Salvador Dalí had a life-long fascination with space, time, science, and mathematics. He explored these themes through his art practice. Further learning and conversations with scientists about scientific advancement such as space travel, provided inspiration for many artworks including Hippies Le Cosmonaute (The Cosmonaut).