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About the Work
Salvador Dalí is commonly regarded as one of the greatest Surrealist artists, whose personality was often displayed within his magnificent works of art. He practiced sculpting, advertising, printmaking, fashion, filmmaking, and more. Dalí’s mischievousness and wonderful personality contributed to his status as an international celebrity, but he is better known for his most distinct attribute: his mastery of art. Dalí’s significance and talent rank him among the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century. "The Kiss" is a hand-signed engraving in the Le Paradis Perdu series. The image size is 10.5 x 8.25 - inches.
Regarded as one of the most important works in literature, John Milton’s Paradise Lost (Paradis Perdu) was illustrated in ten color etchings by master Salvador Dalí in 1974. The simplicity of line and careful draftsmanship exhibit the very turmoil of man’s battle with the temptation of Satan. This series is noted as having some of Dalí’s sharpest lines.
This surrealistic image displays the story of The Kiss in Milton's text. This image shows two figures the split moment before their lips connect for a kiss. Eyes closed, lips puckered and chins connecting. Ironically, both characters have dense tears rolling down their faces. Perhaps this sad display of passion portrays something like a "last kiss" between the pair. The figure on the right has voluptuous red lips in comparison to those on the right. Upon a closer look, it appears there is a tongue extending from one mouth to the other. This strange tongue is serpent-like, long, and parasitic and wriggles past the ugly, sharp teeth of the figure on the left. The spots of hair on the characters give them more of a human-like appearance.