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Salvador Dalí was an author, critic, impresario and provocateur. He became part of the art scene in 1929, thus becoming one of history’s most prolific artists. His fantastic imagery and flamboyant personality contributed to him becoming the best-known artist of the Surrealist movement of the late 1920s and early 1930s. He is known for his enigmatic and extraordinary paintings of dreamscapes and religious themes. Dalí always took risks in his art and his personal life. He fearlessly embraced his boundless creativity and created visionary work.
Our Historical Heritage is a portfolio that shows Dalí’s influence from religious themes. The portfolio, Our Historical Heritage, depicts events and historical figures from the Hebrew scriptures (The Torah or Old Testament), curated with the signature style only found in Dalí’s work. This series also includes Jeremiah, Noah’s Ark, The Rock, and more. Each image showcases Dali’s impeccable draftsmanship. Moses is one of the most recognizable names in many religions. Moses was one of the Israelites and is an important prophet in Christianity. According to the Bible, Moses was given the responsibility to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. One of Moses’s most well-known stories was when he led the Israelites across the Red Sea, or when he received the Ten Commandments.
“Moses” displays Dalí’s unmistakable style and reputable skill. This image’s composition has many elements to it. At the center of the image, there is a stone tablet with illegible writing on it. This stone tablet could be the Ten Commandments, which were given to Moses from God. It seems that this stone tablet is falling from the sky towards a figure in red robes holding a staff on ground-level. Above the stone tablet, a massive figure with long curly grey hair overlooks the scene. The sun shines through the cloudy sky onto the scene, and many figures run about on the ground below. At the bottom left there is a human figure with wings and a staff gazing at Moses from a distance. “Moses” is a 22.75 x 16-inch hand-signed engraving created in 1975.
Spanish Artist Salvador Dalí was a Surrealist icon best known for his articulate skill and exquisite works of art. Dalí is among the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century, partially due to his explorations of subconscious imagery. He practiced sculpting, printmaking, fashion, advertising, filmmaking and more. His flamboyant personality and mischievousness contributed to his rise to becoming an international celebrity, however, his mastery of art is arguably his most distinct attribute.