Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí (1904-89) is one of the world’s most famous painters, renowned for his flamboyant, enigmatic, witty and distinctive style.
In 1961, Dalí designed 46 india ink pictures to accompany a poem written in his honour, known as El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala I en Dali – a traditional Catalan form of expression, halfway between comic and poem. This work summarises the Dali myth. Each picture illustrates a verse in Fages de Climent’s Catalan poem, ‘The Triumph and Couplet of Gala and Dali’, and is based on a number, and in them are hidden figures, names, and endless puzzles, along with Dali’s special little men and well-known obsessions.
El triomf i el rodoli de la Gala I en Dali is the only Dalí artwork to be part of an established, extensive, commercially driven licensing campaign, which turns over some £200m annually in the US, Europe, ME and Asia.