Signed bottom left, in plate, Dali; signed bottom right, in pencil, Dali; numbered bottom left, in pencil, 8/160
Beyond the aroused controversy, his extravaganza and commercial endeavors, Salvador Dali’s creation, linked with the Surrealism movement, wonderfully reflects his undisputed talent. In the context of an anguish society, the first half of the century offers him the proper scene to develop collaborations with the fashion industry, to tackle the movie production or the photography.
“Cecile Receives Germeuil’s letter” artwork is part of the 25 lithographs of the series “Three Plays by the Marquis de Sade”. Illustrating literary works by the 'enfant terrible' of French letters, the series is the perfect vehicle for Dalí, who almost single-handedly brought the arena of sexual disturbance and strange desire to high fine art in the Surrealist period.
Surprisingly restrained, nonetheless, these great lithographs of 1969 seem to gain their power from the tension of anticipating desire. The works' greatest message is that the waiting game is the most inflaming lust, best embodied in grand entrances and intoxicated exits.