Alice in Wonderland has been part of many a childhood ever since Lewis Carroll wrote it in 1865. Since then, it has been the subject of many adaptations, from television to the cinema to comic books, and even live performances. And as can be expected, it has also influenced many different works of art.
Speaking of art, Salvador Dali is perhaps one of the most admired Spanish painters in the last century. The surrealist is best known for his bizarre works, many of which do not fail to evoke emotions that may be best left alone. One thing I know for sure, Dali’s work is something that can keep you thinking for hours on end.
What do we get when Salvador Dali does Alice in Wonderland? All I can think of is this: an excess of fantastical elements thrown together. You may not know it, but the idea “Salvador Dali does Alice in Wonderland” is not a new thing (after all, the artist died in 1989). He actually tried his hand at Carroll’s work in the 60s and had a book published by Maecenas Press-Random House in 1969. The book features 12 heliogravures1. These have been digitized by the William Bennett Gallery and were featured by Brain Pickings some time last year.
The result is something that can easily take your breath away and transport you to a whole new dimension. Ready for this?
You can see more of the digitized artwork at Brain Pickings. And yes, you might be able to find the book, but that will take you quite some effort. There was one for sale on Amazon last year, but it has since then been bought. There is one copy for sale at AbeBooks, though, for USD27,000.
- also called photogravure, a “photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio print that can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph”; thanks to Wikipedia [↩]