Salvador Dali Signed LE "Pantagruel's Comical Dreams" Angel of Death Les Songes Drolatiques de Pantagruel 21x29 Japon Paper Print (PA LOA)

Limited Edition #44 / 50 / 2015 Dali Official Price Guide $6,500

  • Lot number 4758331
  • Total bids 16
  • Winning bid $752.00
  • Buyer's premium $127.84
  • Total $879.84

Print measures approximately 21" x 29" in size and has been hand-signed by Salvador Dali (D. 1989). Print is limited edition and has been hand-numbered #44/50.

Current Price of these magnificent lithographs of $6500.00 each is verified in the Bruce Hochman 2015 Dali Print Price Guide. The complete suite of 25 valued at $162,500.00.

Les Songes Drôlatiques de Pantagruel, Editions Celami, Geneva, 1973 (M. & L. 1398-1422) printed in France.

Dali interpretation: This image has the Angel of Death pushing the old Warrior forward supported by a wheeled device to his certain doom at the hands of the giant Pantagruel (his huge foot and leg on the left). A footman is helping with his slipper.

"Les Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" (Pantagruel's droll dreams) The comical Dreams of Pantagruel was a 16th century novel by Francois Rabelais, illustrated with grotesque woodcut figures, partly reminding of the imagery of Hieronymus Bosch. These figures have inspired to Dali to create his own graphic series from which one print is offered here.

In 1973 Dali interpreted these 16th century dreams as only Dali could do.

Pantagruel, the hero of Francois Rabelais’s 1532 Novel, with his motto "do what thou wilt" is the fitting name for the art for auction.

Pantagruel (c.1532) was the first volume in a series of five connected books written by François Rabelais a French Benedictine monk, physician and humanist scholar. The work was given the overall title of The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel. It relates the story of two giants, Gargantua and his son Pantagruel, and is set in an imaginary medieval monastery where the strict, austere rules of monastic life are completely subverted. In Rabelais’ monastery life is governed by free will and worldly pleasure is regarded as a legitimate need and aim of human nature. In addition to his satire of clerical education and monastic life the text contained much crude, earthy and scatological humor and the term Rabelaisian is often used to describe outrageous, bawdy behavior. As a leading Surrealist Dali was clearly attracted by the elements of fantasy, satire, subversion, eroticism and dreamlike material contained in Rabelais’ text for Pantagruel because of their similarity to basic Surrealist ideas.

The work of Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is associated with the surrealist movement of the 20th Century. A diverse and multi-talented artist, Dali is considered one of the most collected artists today, and his works offer an incredible opportunity for enormous appreciation in value. In addition to his original works, Dali produced works on paper for reproduction using dry point, etching, woodcut, and lithography. Many of his works are held in prestigious museums, private and public collections world-wide.



Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was one of the main representatives of surrealism and ranks among the most framous artists of the 20th century.

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