Salvador Dalí Illustrates Faust

This article is part two of my series on Salvador Dalí, based on my photographic studies of the retrospective at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo.

In 1969 Salvador Dalí illustrated Faust, the great classic of German literature written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, in which Faust famously makes a pact with the devil, offering his soul in exchange for worldly pleasures.

Below you will see the entire set of illustrations, along with some close-ups. It is frustrating trying to take such forceful images which have the reflections of the glare from overhead lights on them, but such is life. I also include a few close-ups so that you can see the sensational penwork of Dalí.

While experiencing the intense sensation of these sketches in real life, I really felt that Dalí was someone who fully understood the deeper more occult and esoteric meanings of Goethe’s work. It is hard to think of any artist who has come so close to the graphical depiction of the essence of Faust.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

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