Copper engravings by Salvador Dali

  Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and my father Pierre Aguilit (1900-2001) have been friends and collaborated for fifty years. Art work”.
  I embarked on this journey with a dual purpose: to open my own gallery and to present my father’s collection. I was invited to comment on the exhibits. As far as I understand, the interviewer is looking for a clear explanation from me, but, as the only witness of the collaboration between Dali and Aguilit, can I explain clearly about the occasion, the feeling, the responsibility ?
  I answered like this: “‘Dalí Works: The Agilite Collection’ is dedicated to my father, a lover and publisher of Dadaism and Surrealism. Dali’s etchings and tapestries, as well as photos of our family members, films, anecdotes, and memories of Dali and his wife Gala. This exhibition is a tribute to my family and one of the most fascinating artists of the Surrealist movement A true portrayal of the intimate relationship between them.”
  His father was a journalist who was fanatically obsessed with surrealism. He was sincere and passionate to Dali, and they often had long conversations about the prevailing art activities at that time and the artistic themes Dali expounded. Dali believed that everything in the world is interconnected in some way, and presented this viewpoint in his works of art. For him, this does not mean that everything has a common connection, but a universal commonality. It can be said that this is Dali’s philosophy. Since I was a child, I have observed and witnessed Dali’s worldview. This view of the world is present in all of my father’s collections, and it’s often a topic of conversation after dinner.
  Dali’s works have been exhibited in the world’s most prestigious art museums, such as Boijmans Museum (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Pushkin Museum of Art (Moscow, Russia), Dali Museum (Petersburg, Florida, USA) , Kunstmuseum Zurich (Switzerland), National Museum of Art (Stuttgart, Germany), Isetan Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan), Daimaru Art Museum (Osaka, Japan), Hiroshima Municipal Museum of Art (Japan). The permanent collections of his collections are in Melun, France and the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain.
  My father loved beautiful paintings and copperplate etchings. He himself was a great photographer and had photographed hundreds of Dadaist and Surrealist artists for his publications, including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, Tris Tanchara, Hans Bellmer, Giorgio de Chirico and, of course, Dali.
  His father and Dali began to communicate in 1934, and the relationship between the two lasted until 1973. During this period, Dali etched and painted directly on the copper plate, creating wonderful paintings with extraordinary ability. His approach is similar to that of Albrecht. Dürer or Rembrandt. It was this ability, I feel, that drew my father to him.
  Dali hopes to become the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century. Just like Da Vinci, the master of Renaissance art, Dali hopes to seek a unique painting idea in the process of creating copper engravings with artistic style.
  In my opinion, the impromptu inspiration and extraordinary beauty of Dali’s compositions are unparalleled. These compositions reveal his understanding of some important works in history and his skill in matching them. He can present a theme for different styles – for example, he wrote for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust or Leopold van Sarke Marsock’s Venus in Fur ” with pictures.
  The peculiarity of etching is that, once the lines are sketched on the copper plate, the painter is powerless to change them. Dali’s creation fully embodies his skillful techniques and sensitive movements. Among the exhibits is a group of 50 hand-coloured etchings titled “Singing Voices,” which has only been exhibited once before.
  From 1965 to 1973, Dali made copperplates with sharp diamond pens or ruby ​​pens, which allowed him to easily move the brush on the metal. During this period, he created 200 copperplate works for his father. This set of works belongs to the same collector, so the style and composition of all collections are harmonious and coherent. His father would sometimes tell him: “I don’t want this, I don’t like it.” On such occasions, Dali often did not refute, he knew that his father was not criticizing his works, it was his personal temperament and enthusiasm that made him raise specific questions about the collection. Require. When Dalí decided to stop producing copper engravings in 1973, the cooperation between him and his father came to an end, which also guaranteed the integrity, uniqueness and authority of his father’s collection.
  In 1973, Dali opened his own art gallery in Spain, and his father opened a surrealist art gallery in a villa near Paris, France. Both of them needed a large number of works, so they decided to order a batch of handcrafts in Aubusson. Woven tapestries cover the walls of these historic sites. I believe that these tapestries will add a wonderful charm to this exhibition.
  This article was written by Ms. Agilite. Conservator and curator of the Dalí collection, Ms. Aguilit is the daughter of Pierre Aguilit. Pierre Agillet is a lover and publisher of Dadaism and surrealism works. He has been in contact with Salvador Dali for fifty years, and he is the publisher of Dali’s works and a close friend of Dali himself . Therefore, as the daughter of Pierre Aguilit, Ms. Aguilit is not only a witness of the Dadaism and Surrealism movements, but also knows a lot about Dali’s life and creation. In her view, Dalí “was down-to-earth, a veritable workaholic, always experimenting with new creative techniques, always looking at things from a different perspective…”