Argus in Color(198 views)
Description: Etching with hand coloring from the Mythology Suite. Signed, lower right, in pencil and numbered VIII/L
Condition Report: In Excellent Condition
Notes: A rare version in colors from the edition of fifty in roman numerals. Dali illustrated Mythology by drawing very closely upon the symbolism of the ancient Greek legends. Argus was the hundred eyed giant employed by Hera to guard against her husband, Zeus, consorting with the nymph Io. Hera rewarded Argos for his service by placing his hundred eyes on the tail of her sacred bird, the peacock. Using what he called hasard objectif(the meaningful manifestation of chance), he would often start with an abstract smudge, created in a single motion, and develop his theme from a sign of Fate. When Dali worked on these plates, he experimented with all kinds of unusual tools like chisels, nails, a real octopus immersed in acid and, in the case of Argus, exploding balls of acid shot from a gun.
Dimensions: 22" x 30"
Artist or Maker: Dali, Salvador
Literature: Refernce: ML116
Medium: Original Etching