Monday, June 30, 2014

Alices Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dali at RW Norton Art Gallery on Sats and Suns, 1 to 5 pm

In the Library at RW Norton Art Foundation: Salvador Dali Prints From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. On exhibit Sats & Suns, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. through 31 August.

Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland already boasted editions with wonderful, iconographic illustrations by both John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham when a publisher had the idea of teaming one of the famous surrealist painters with one of literature’s most surrealistic novels, writes the Norton.

In 1969, the Maecenas Press offered a large-scale edition of Alice illustrated by Dali (1904–1989). A native of Spain who spent most of his artistic career in Paris and New York, Dali emerged as a master of surrealism, the natural outgrowth of the Dada movement, in the 1930s. Surrealism emerged from Freud and Jung’s ideas about the subconscious and the significance of dreams. Choosing images that drew from the irrational and imaginary, it became a seminal influence in literature, music, cinema, and philosophy, as well as the fine arts.

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