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About the Work
Salvador Dali 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 made him the best-known artist of the Surrealist movement of the late 1920s and early 1930s. He is known for his enigmatic otherworldly paintings of dreamscapes and religious themes. Dalí always took risks in his art, as well as in his personal life, and he fearlessly embraced his boundless creativity and created visionary work.
“The Rebel Poet” is part of an erotic group of prints by Salvador Dali that depicts – “Les Amours Jaunes”. These are also known as the only published poems of Tristan Corbière, a French poet considered one of the “poetes maudits” by Paul Verlaine, a representative of artists who lived outside of society’s boundaries. Of all the 24 poems in Corbière’s work, Dali chose ten to elaborate on in his iconic and amusing way. Micheler Lopsinger notes that the original plan was to illustrate a more erotic text, but this was rejected in favor of the present one. The etchings were reworked and amplified in drypoint by Dali, and all impressions were gilded by Atelier Jacomet.
“The Rebel Poet” exemplifies one of Dali’s finest works and his surrealistic penchant. It depicts a nude man posed behind a similarly nude female figure. There are trees on a hill in the background along with many gilded shapes. The surrealistic sun above the pair adds another ethereal element to an already highly unusual scene which is in quintessential Salvador Dali style. Signed by Dali in the lower left corner, this etching was created with a surrealistic eroticism in mind. The dark and light green compositions give the painting an easy feel, and although completely surrealistic, it feels completely normal for two naked people to stand next to each other with the sunbathing their bodies. “The Rebel Poet” is an 11.5 x 8.5- inch hand-signed etching on drypoint with gilding created in 1974.