Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Salvador Dali: Alice In Wonderland

 The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Some wonderfully surreal, trippy illustrations aptly provided by Salvador Dali for the limited edition Random House edition of Lewis Carroll's - Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland. The book was originally produced in 1969, and was reproduced and reissued for Random House last year. I chose to include the illustrations here because of Dali's repeated use of the caterpillar and butterfly motif. Dali's original watercolour techniques were reproduced for the published edition by means of the H√©liogravure technique. This technique - the oldest for reproducing photographic techniques - involves two distinct steps. First, an involved  photochemical procedure which creates the intaglio surface. The photographic image is fixed, and then etched upon a specially prepared copper plate. The finished copper plate is then placed onto a hand-turned press, and the image is then printed onto dampened etching paper using special inks. As well Dali's inclusion of butterflies, he also included certain pieces of signature imagery such as the girl with skipping rope, seen in the images above and below, and the iconic melting clocks from The Persistence of Memory (1931) below


Pig And Pepper

 The Caucus Race And A Long Tale

 Advice From A Caterpillar

 The Lobster Quadrille

The Mock Turtle's Story