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About the Work
"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.
About the Artist
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.