Salvador Dali 1975

Hand water coloured by Dali with written instructions to printmakers as notes for what he wishes to change in the pieces.

Wireless telegraphy was one of the first form of technological communication that could be used over a distance. It used radio waves to send out messages usually in morse code. Dali seems to use lines I this work to represent that form of communication.

This work is part of the “Hommage a Leonardo da Vinci” portfolio (Great Inventions), which is full of Dalí’s fantastical creations made as a sincere and very personal tribute to the artists Renaissance idol, Leonardo da Vinci. The suite of 12 original engravings, combined with colour by pochoir and etchings, compels art-lovers across the globe to reflect on the many achievements of both masters. The two artists shared many interests including their passion for not only fine art, but a variety of scientific topics, including physics, engineering, and arithmetic. Their dynamic, multi-faceted personalities pushed them to undertake an abundance of creative projects, many of which diverge from artist inquiry and instead centre around invention and innovation.