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Vanitas Vanitatum Omnia Vanitas

15 May

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
Biblia Sacra
gouache, oil and watercolor on paper
19 5/8 x 13¼ in. (50 x 33.7 cm)
Painted in 1964

This gouache is the original maquette for the offset lithographic illustration to Ecclesiastes I, 2 facing p. 208, in Dalí’s Biblia Sacra, published by Rizzoli, Milan in 1967. It pertains to the famous lines “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of the vanities, all is vanity.” A complete Dalí Biblia Sacra, containing 105 offset lithographs, will be sold in Chrsitie’s, New York sale of 19th and 20th Century Prints on 5 November 2002, as lot 137.

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