Biblia Sacra: Ipse Erat Elias (He Himself Was Elijah) 4-19

Artist: Salvador Dali

YEAR: c. 1964

MEDIUM: Color lithograph on heavy Rag paper

IMAGE SIZE: 19 x 13.75 in.

SIGNATURE: Signed and dated in the stone, lower right

EDITION: Published by Rizzoli in Milan, Italy from the Biblia Sacra Suite

Gallery Retail Price: $2,500

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About the Art

This is an original color lithograph from Dali’s Biblia Sacra suite, a collection of 105 images illustrating biblical passages. Each work represents Dali’s unique interpretation of the Bible. In these works he uses a unique artistic process called “bulletism” where ink is shot onto the canvas creating an ink blot effect. The lithographs were commissioned by Guiseppe Albaretto, a good friend of Dali who was also a leading patron of his work. Albaretto wanted to lead the artist to God and back to the Catholic Church. The spontaneous bulletism process and the rich colors in the image truly highlight Dali’s range of creativity and use of space.

A female figure sits pointing out into the distance. Light tones of blue and purple engulf the background while black splashes of paint float haphazardly above it. The woman seems to be holding a long cross. Her expression is difficult to read, but seems concerned.

This piece comes in a golden-brown frame, with white matting.

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