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
“Glory to Rabelais: the slowest and giddiest road to death is acute sybaritism; the supreme pleasure one derives from the most delicate dishes (while there is another road to death which is the bicycle race around France, supreme summit of divings and climbings, giddy turns and lethal skiddings) is the one I invite my readers to taste while the cicadas are singing during gastronomy I chose to illustrate the very cover of this book, which , according to my plans, ought to transform the art of eating into an olographic(*) ecstasy.”
(*) An olographic testament is a legal document entirely handwritten, dated, and signed by the testator (author or writer of the document).
Excerpt from Les Diners de Gala (Gala’s Dinners), 1973, by Salvador Dalí.