The Alchemy of the Philosophers - Salvador Dalí

Informations Techniques

Lithographie + Gravure originale + Sérigraphie sur Parchemin (signée main)
Édition limitée de 225
Date d'édition
“The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali” by Albert Field. N. 75 - 12, References A-F, page 105. Published by The Salvador Dali Archives.


Known as the "hermetic science", the origins of alchemy goes back to ancient legends, ideologies, to the Babylonian astrology and cosmology tradition. Those principles incorporate the idea of a natural metamorphosis, the belief that all metals are converted into gold after millions of years. What nature can accomplish only over the course of a long period of time, human beings can  accomplish through art in  a short time. In this work, Dalí combines his creations with ancient alchemy texts (from Chinese, Hebrew, Arabian and other traditions), setting up a dialogue that combines the artist's vision. The texts show the way Dalí reflects on the great mysteries of existence, while its illustrations bring a modern touch through  contemporary imagery..

The   texts consisted in the so-called Emerald Tablet, highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art and its hermetic tradition, talk about the symbiosis of the mind and nature, divine and the cosmos. It is not surprising, that the alchemic texts were fascinated and praised in the works of the master of Surrealism – Salvador Dali.

Salvador Dali had a great love for science and for the compilation of  the contrasting objects together : like hard and soft, liquid and solid. He believed in some higher knowledge that could be acquired not only on the conscious level, but on the subconscious too.

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