Les Caprices Pincés Princiers—Plats Exotiques (Princely Pliers Caprices—Exotic Dishes)

© Estate of Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Madrid

Les Caprices Pincés Princiers—Plats Exotiques (Princely Pliers Caprices—Exotic Dishes), 1971

Salvador Dali   —  
  • Spanish
  • 1904-1989

  • 1997:056.008
  • 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.
  • Framed: 27 1/4 x 34 3/4 in.
  • Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Gift of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Beverly Cutler, 1997
“It has been written somewhere that ‘to depart is to die a little.’ Dali says that, ‘without any doubt, to eat—especially gastronomical repasts—is always ‘to die a lot.’ The Spector of death creates supreme delights, salivary expectations, and this is why the greatest of gastronomical refinements consists in eating ‘cooked and living beings,’ such as is described in this recipe by the Neapolitan of Catalan descent, Giambattista della Porta (1535-1615) - which I will suggest to you later on. Added to the sado-masochistic pleasure brought by this recipe, the latter fundamental law of our Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Rumanian religion, i.e. to swallow the living God as is done in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.” Excerpt from Les Diners de Gala (Gala’s Dinners), 1973, by Salvador Dalí.