911706--DALÍ--Les Chants de Maldoror, 1934

Salvador Dalí

Les Chants de Maldoror, 1934 (Sewing Machine)

In 1930 Dal í was invited to illustrate ” Les Chants de Maldoror ” , an 1869 text rediscovered by the Surrealists in the 1930s that told a nightmarish tale of an unrepentantly evil protagonist. The book was filled with scenes of violence, perversion, and blasphemy. Dal í , who worked in a method he called 'paranoiac-critical', used a stream-of-consciousness process to access hallucinations and delusions. These personal visions, rather than scenes described in the prose poem, became the subjects of his illustrations.

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