Paris: Editions Surréalistes, 1937.Signed and dated by the artist ‘Salvador Dali 1958’.
Dali completed his now famous oil painting 'The Metamorphosis of Narcissus' in 1937 after a long period working and touring in the United States. This is the poem that Dali composed while working on this iconic image, here published in a limited edition of 550 copies. The paper wrappers feature a photographic portrait by Cecil Beaton that further plays upon the theme self-reflection.
The classical myth of Narcissus, wherein a thespian youth is unable to escape the beauty of his own reflection, held enduring appeal for Dali. For the surrealists, the myth was not merely a cautionary tale of vanity run riot but expressed a deeper metaphysical conundrum concerning the core of human consciousness. The paradox of the myth is that Narcissus was an innocent, unaware that he was staring at his own reflection. As a trope for consciousness creating itself from itself, the myth became a source of endless fascination for Dali, and this cyclical creative process forms the subject of his poem. Item #1501
Limited edition of 550 copies. Slim quarto, with one tipped colour plate and two in black & white; a little flaking of the spine, overall good condition.