Painting by Salvador Dali “Dante” is one of the artist’s illustrations to the work “Divine Comedy”, depicting its author – Dante Alighieri.
Drawing watercolor looks simple and brilliant at the same time. There are no extra strokes or shades. He portrays an Italian scribe and poet walking in an important and thoughtful pose (this is understandable by the artfully painted folds on his attire). The light of the sun is shown by the yellow rays in the upper left corner, and the blue waves behind the figure are most likely just a shaded part of the image, but perhaps this is how the sky or even some plant is shown.
When talking about the illustrations to the Divine Comedy, it is impossible not to mention the entire nine-year work of the artist, which, according to many researchers and experts, is the pinnacle of his graphic art.
An order for a series of illustrations Dali received from the Italian government in honor of the approaching seven hundred years since the birth of Dante (1965). Starting his work in 1951, the artist worked hard for 9 years to finish on time. But at some point the Italian public showed discontent and protested against the fact that the illustrations for the works of their compatriot are being prepared by the Spaniard.
Despite the refusal, El Salvador, who loves the works of Dante, was able to find a way to publish his work. With the assistance of a good friend Dali – Joseph Fauré, as well as Le Eyur Kler (the project was produced by his publishing house), the artist was able to finish his work in 1963. By the way, the master himself controlled the creation of three and a half thousand plates-engravings, which gave graphic images of quality comparable with paintings.
Thus, the most amazing illustrations of this surrealist artist could not have reached our days, but fortunately, everything turned out exactly as described above.