Welcome to our Fine Art Gallery in Lake Tahoe. We are the only Premier Lake Front Gallery featuring the works of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall.
We are located at 3351 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Suite 5, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150.
Tel: 530 600 4100.
Best time to view the Exhibition is 12 noon until 6pm daily.
Please visit our second gallery "Baby Genius" at our Historic Hotel in Georgetown, The American River Inn at www.americanriverinn.com
We are also showing the famous "Divine Comedy" by Salvador Dali!
The Divine Comedy
Dante's Literary Classic as Imagined and Illustrated by Salvador Dali
In the early 1950s, shortly before the septecentennial of Dante's birth, Dali was invited by the Italian government to produce a series of illustrations for a deluxe edition of The Divine Comedy to be published by La Libreria dello Stato in Rome. Between 1951 and 1960 Dali created a series of 101 watercolors for the book, which was unhappily never completely realized in its textural form.
The watercolors were exhibited at the Palazzo Pallavici in Rome. However, the reception of Dali's project in Italy was extremely negative, since it did not seem appropriate for a Spanish (rather than Italian) painter, much less an irreverent Surrealist and sometime fascist sympathizer, to illustrate a commemorative edition of the greatest Italian poet's masterpiece to be published by the State Press.
Although the project was dropped in Italy, Dali strove to see its completion. In the late 1950s Dali met the French publisher, Joseph Foret, who had issue Dali's series of lithographs for Cervantes's Don Quixote in 1957-1958. After viewing a group of the watercolors for The Divine Comedy at Dali's studio, Foret enthusiastically set out to find support for the creation of The Divine Comedy.
He took it to the well known French editors and book publishers Les Heures Claires where he received equally enthusiastic support for the project. The directors of Les Heures Claires than immediately took full charge of the project; Mr. Riviere, the Financial Director, Mr. Blainon, the Marketing and Sales Director, and Mr. Jean Estrade, the Artistic Director. It was Mr. Estrade's responsibility to work directly with Dali and the engravers to create the works.
The engraver, Raymond Jacquet with his assistant, Mr. Tarrico, created the wood blocks necessary to transfer Dali's watercolors to wood engravings, a medium chosen because of its ability to recreate subtle washes of color and delicate linear drawing.
In Dali's case anywhere from twenty to as many as thirty-seven separate blocks were needed to reproduce the watercolors. Although in the 1970s and 1980s Dali's forays into printmaking were often embedded in controversy, due mostly to the undocumented and seemingly unlimited printing of some of his images, this series of prints was strictly controlled, and the approximately 3000 woodblocks used to create them were destroyed after the printing. Furthermore, it is clear that Dali's interests in such a project were literary, artistic and spiritual, rather than financial.
(Excerpts from Eleanor M. Hight "Dali and Dante: The Quest for Life's Meaning")