Stunningly beautiful suite of 100 vibrant woodcut prints of Dali’s artwork illustrating Dante’s Divine Comedy, titled in Italian ‘La Commedia Divina,’ each measuring approximately 10.25 x 13, all signed in the lower border in pencil, “Dali.” Dali’s red block signature is also inherent to each print. Includes a TLS by Dali on Hotel Meurice letterhead, dated 1968, in full (translated): "I, the undersigned Master Salvador Dali, certified to have signed in pencil by my hand this suite of hundred prints of the book 'The Divine Comedy' illustrated by me.” Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed to Antonio Franz Farlese, as well as a notarized copy of Dali’s letter and a photograph of him taken during the signing of the prints. The signature on the lightly wrinkled letter of provenance is slightly blurred; the prints themselves are in very fine condition. Accompanied by a custom-made full leather case, a matching leatherbound booklet featuring color reproductions of the images, and a 1985 exhibition catalog from the Salvador Dali Museum.
Included as well is a letter of provenance stating that these were acquired from Dr. Farlese, who was affiliated with a large art gallery in Merano and had an impressive art collection obtained through his extensive contacts throughout Europe. Farlese was able to have Dali sign these 100 prints while the artist was in residence at the Hotel Meurice, where he spent winters for thirty years. This remarkable suite was purchased from Dr. Farlese in 1981 and has remained in the same collection for the past 35 years. These are some of the finest quality prints of Dali’s vivid paintings that have ever been produced, and the sheer number of authentically signed pieces here offered is truly impressive.
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