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Salvador Dali - The Songs of Songs of King Solomon

 

Salvador Dali Songs of Songs
Salvador Dali King Solomon
Salvador Dali Return, O Shulamite
Salvador Dali The Beloved Feeds...
Salvador Dali The Beloved is as Fair...
Salvador Dali The Beloved Looks Forth...
Salvador Dali The Bridegroom Leaps...
Salvador Dali The Dovelike Eyes of The Bride
Salvador Dali The Fruits of The Valley
Salvador Dali The King's Train
Salvador Dali The Kiss
Salvador Dali The Shepherd
Salvador Dali Thou Art Fair My Love...

Portfolio of 12 drypoint etchings, with stencil,  in colour with gold dust. Each etching is signed by Dali in the lower right. The etchings are contained in the original blu portfolio case, decorated with a metal medallion made by the artist,  and each etching is printed on a double sheet with text. The etchings are not numbered and were never intended to be so.

Every impression bears a die stamp

Published by:Leon Amiel, New York and Jacomet, New York

Printed by: Jacques David, France

Size:  15 3/4 x 9 7/8” (Image size) ; 22 1/8 x 30" (Sheet size)

Note : The Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon is found in the Hebrew Bible and in the Book of Wisdom in the Old testament. The work is unique in it’s celebration of sexual love. It gives "the voices of two lovers, praising each other, yearning for each other, proffering invitations to enjoy”.The two each desire the other and rejoice in their sexual intimacy. The "daughters of Jerusalem " form a chorus to the lovers, functioning as an audience whose participation in the lovers' erotic encounters facilitates the participation of the reader.Jewish tradition reads it as an allegory of the relationship between God and Israel. The Song was accepted into the Jewish canon of scripture in the 2nd century CE, after a period of controversy in the 1st century. It was accepted as canonical because of its supposed authorship by Solomon and based on an allegorical reading where the subject-matter was taken to be not sexual desire but God's love for Israel. Christians admitted the canonicity of the Song of Songs from the beginning, but after Jewish exegetes began to read the Song allegorically, as having to do with God's love for his people, Christian exegetes followed suit, treating the love that it celebrates as an analogy for the love between God and the Church. The Song of Songs is an unabashedly sensuous, even at times quite erotic, paean to love. Throughout its eight short chapters, an unnamed young man and young woman pursue one another through verdant fields and valleys lush with flowers. Their excitement to be together is palpable, captured in poetic stanzas like: “Behold my beloved, here he comes. He is leaping over the mountains, bounding through the hills. He is like a gazelle, a young stag … and he calls to me: “Arise my darling, my perfect one, come away with me!”

The series consisted of :

King Solomon M&L 468 - Field 71-17 A

The Kiss  M&L 469 - Field 71-17B

The Shepherd M&L 470 - Field 71-17C

The Kings Train M&L 471 - Field 71-17H

The Dovelike eyes of the Bride M&L 472 - Field 71-17E

The Bridegroom Leaps over the mountains M&L 473 - Field 71-17J

The Beloved Looks Forth Like a Roe M&L 474 - Field 71-17G

The Beloved is as Fair as a company of horses M&L 475- Field 71-17D

Thou art Fair. My Love, and thy breasts … M&L 476 - Field 71-17I

The Beloved feeds Among the Lilies M&L 477 - Field 71-17J

The Fruits of the Valley M&L 478 -  Field 71-17K

Return, O Shulamite M&L 479 -  Field 71-17L

Edition:  XXXXX

Reference: Salvador Dali, The Hard and the Soft by Robert Descharnes : Number 523, page 211