About the Art
This is an original lithograph from Salvador Dali’s Biblia Sacra series. Dali was commissioned to create a series of images based on passages from the Bible. He created a total of 105 works making it the largest suite of prints by the artist. 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.
This print is based on biblical verses discussing God’s intent to create a peaceful nation open to all peoples. Instead of camels for transportation, Dali depicts elephants with long legs touching the earth. These stretched out, but still grounded elephants symbolize man restrained to the earth, but striving to reach a higher power. Dali’s choice of a rainbow palette distinguishes this work from others in the series and adds an element of wonder.
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