Salvador Dali’s Alice

With his flamboyant moustache, eccentric style and wild eyes, Spanish artist Salvador Dali himself could have been a likely character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Famous for his surreal paintings, notably The Persistence of Memory which introduced the image of soft, melting pocket watches, Dali also painted an Alice in Wonderland series. How fitting! The story of Alice has been analysed over and over, its meaning and surreal elements extracted, studied and interpreted – no wonder Alice was a suitable subject for Dali.

In 1969, Dali illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book, distributed as a Random House Book-of-the-Month, consisted of one etching and twelve colorful prints (and yes, there is a melting clock!). The video clip below shows the interesting format of the publication.

Some collectors are lucky enough to own the Random House Dali edition. The rest of us will have to be content with admiring the images of his fantastical take on Alice.

For more on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and all things Alice, explore our previous posts.

(via I Heart Chaos)


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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