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Artist: Salvador Dali

Title: The Wood and the Suicide

Medium: Woodcut in Colors on Paper

Suite: Divine Comedy (Inferno 13)                                  

Signature: Block-signed by the Artist

Limited Edition:  From the rare limited edition

Image Size: Approximately 9 ½ inches x 7 inches

Frame Size: Approximately 19 ¼ inches x 15 ¼ inches

Framed: Framed as shown

Special Note: This piece is on page 14 with a picture of the image on page 18 in the 2016 Salvador Dali Price Guide for $1,500.00. These are however block signed and are considered to have a greater value. This piece is Hand Signed and Stamp authentication on verso by Bruce Hochman, author of the Annual Print Price Guide to the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali

Biography:  Perhaps the most recognized name in the art for all times is the name of Salvador Dali. Salvador Dali was born in Spain in 1904. He left this earthly plane in 1989. Without a doubt, his was a life that no other has ever led. His star continues to blaze as brightly today as it ever did during his stunning career.

Important Information:

In the early 1950’s Salvador Dali was invited by the Italian government to commemorate the birth of Dante, Italy’s most famous poet, by producing a series of illustrations for a full-text, deluxe edition of Dante’s masterpiece, the Divine Comedy. Ultimately, the illustrations were not well received by the Italians, as it was deemed inappropriate for a Spanish painter (rather than an Italian painter) to have illustrated the work of Italy’s greatest poet.

Even though the project was dropped in Italy, Dali and French publisher Joseph Foret continued to pursue publication of the Divine Comedy. Mr. Foret acted as broker between Salvador Dali and Les Heures Claires, a French editing and publishing house that ultimately took full charge of the project.


Working in conjunction with Salvador Dali, Raymond Jacquet, with his assistant Jean Taricco, created the blocks necessary for the engraving process. While frequently referred to as “wood” blocks, they were actually a resin-based matrix.

Salvador Dali directly supervised the production of the works and gave final approval for each of the finished engravings.

Once the project was complete, all of the Divine Comedy blocks were destroyed. The engraving process required the block be cut, a single color applied, then printed to the substrate (e.g. paper, silk, etc.). The block was then cleaned and cut away for the next color.

Warranty:  Item GUARANTEED to be as described

Auction Estimate: $2,000.00/$2,200.00


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