Central Park in Winter by Salvador Dali shows the great Master’s unique version of the famous Wollman Skating Rink in New York City’s Central Park. With an insert from a 19th century Currier & Ives print of the rink filled with skaters to guide him Dali has turned the skaters into butterfly people in a wonderland whirl of ice and color surrounded by snow falling, trees and tall buildings. Framed with archival materials the lithograph is “floated “on a linen mat with a black and silver frame. The framed piece is 32.50 x 40.75 with the print measuring 20 x 30.
This original lithograph is signed in pencil by the artist and is in excellent condition with a limited number of 20/250. Central Park in Winter is from the series “The World Of Currier And Ives as interpreted by Salvador Dali” published by Phyllis Lucas, New York, 1971. There are six original limited edition lithograph plus a title page “Dali’s Presentation” in the series. Each of the six lithographs has a miniature reproduction of the original Currier & Ives subject at the bottom of the image. (Field, 1996, p 164; Michler, Loepsinger, 1995, p. 144).
In 1965 Sidney and Phyllis Lucas became the first North American publishers of original signed limited edition lithographs by Salvador Dali. This collaboration between Master Dali and my parents continued until 1974 resulting in 28 different editions and The Lucille Lucas Gallery carries on the family tradition of offering these original works for sale.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), was a Spanish surrealist artist of Catalan ethnicity born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. One of the most famous artists that has ever lived Dali was a prolific creator working in many mediums such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, writing , multi media , photography and film making to name a few. He had an eccentric personality and with his exceptional skill as a draftsman and his unusually imaginative view of the world Dali captured the attention of the public wherever his work was displayed. He created his own personal philosophy which he called paranoid critical a state in which one could simulate delusion while still maintaining one’s sanity which influenced the Surrealist movement. Dali’s world of tapping into the unconscious using symbolism filled with themes from religion, death, eroticism and decay has fascinated even those who were not frequent art lovers. Dali was a great showman and loved being adored by his public. But needless to say he had the talent to sustain his popularity even after his death.