Etching and Lithograph with Collage

Salvador Dali, 1975

Within this piece a man sits on a great open plane and gazes into a cube in liquid and gaseous television. The front of the cube is a collaged image of Dali’s Painting “Mae West’s Face, Which May be used as a Surrealist Apartment” one of his most famous pieces merging the Hollywood Starlit with everyday objects. Her facial features are replaced with household items.

This work is part of the “Imagination and Objects of the Future” portfolio, which is full of Dalí’s fantastical creations of futuristic luxuries and extravagances. The suite of 10 dry point etchings combined with lithography and collage were inspired by his extensive research on a variety of scientific topics, including physics, biology, and arithmetic. These encompass the concept of Dali imagining himself as the 20th century Leonardo da Vinci, giving to the world what he imagined the future would hold.