Alice in Wonderland

12 heliogravures
And 1 original etching

Saint George and the Dragon
Alice (Hand signed by Dali) The Pool of Tears Down the Rabbit Hole
A Caucus Race and a Long Tale The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill Advice from a Caterpillar

Some subjects attracted themselves to Salvador Dali the way the oil from dates attached itself to Dali’s mustache! (Yes, he often used the fruit’s oily residue to groom his trademark facial hair.) Lewis Carroll’s iconic 1865 novel, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” was ready-made for an imagination of the sort Salvador Dali possessed. Which is to say, of the sort unmatched by any other human being.

No surprise, then, that his 1969 “Alice” series of 12 heliogravures and 1 original etching would gain prominence in the fine art and book publishing world as among his most colorful, charming and famous works in the medium of prints.

How could it not be a hit! Carroll’s story was surrealism incarnate: overflowing with symbolism, fantasy, impossibility, exaggeration, dream imagery, double-entendre, rhyme, peculiarity, violence, whimsy, nonsense, introspection, angst and charm.

What’s more, many have suggested that Carroll’s iconic literary masterpiece is to be viewed metaphorically. Some say it’s richly symbolic, tapping into deeper human sensibilities and concerns. The 1960s rock band, Jefferson Airplane, did a cult classic hit titled “White Rabbit,” in which implications of mind-altering substances were interpreted: One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small, and the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all. Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall.

As always, Dali was tall in his unmistakable creative style, sometimes rendering images with considered precision, other times injecting his more spontaneous approach. Never absent, of course, was the vibrant palette and dynamic energy that defines “Daliesque.” Dali could not help but be Dali! Lovers of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s famous tale (Lewis Carroll was his pen name) have been grateful for Dali’s talent and technique since the surrealist master took on this project some 44 years ago now. It is one of Salvador Dali’s most famous and sought-after works.

Saint George and the Dragon
A Pig and a Pepper Tree A Mad Tea Party The Queen's Croquet Ground
The Mock Turtle's Story The Lobster Quadrille Who Stole the Tarts?
Alice's Evidence