photolithograph and etched remarque on Japon nacré paper
Les Dîners de Gala
Paris: Draeger, Maitre Imprimeur, edition AP 37/50
22 x 29 1/2 in.
Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Gift of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Beverly Cutler, 1997
“The Crayfish of Paracelsus has to be served along with the heads or torsos of small hot-blooded martyrs, as a gesture of homage to Gilles de Rais (Giles of Retz) whose most delightful ejaculations were brought about by gazing at the dying faces of his smooth-cheeked and innocent beheaded little ones, the virginal purity of whom could only have been compared to that of his former comrade-at-arms, the Maid of Orléans.”
Excerpt from Les Diners de Gala (Gala’s Dinners), 1973, by Salvador Dalí.