Salvador Dali - Cranes Mous et Harpe Cranienne


Limp Cranes and Cranian Harp

Original etching, 1935, an unsigned (as normal) impression, on BFK Rives watermarked paper.

Size: Plate size 370 x 305 cms ; Paper size 510 x 450 mms

Note: The individual prints Dali executed in the 1930s, made predominately at the workshop of Roger Lacourière, were experiments in intaglio and were never published as editions. Limp Cranes and "Cranian" Harp, composed as an accumulation of sketches, juxtaposes an array of Dali's quintessential motifs—soft watches, mutating shoes, and the stretched harp and deformed skulls referred to in the title. The harp and skull were, for Dali, evocative of melancholy and death. He claimed that his particular obsession with skull imagery was rooted in a childhood memory of encountering an encephalitic whose skull had been deformed by disease.

Printed by: Roger Lacourierr, Paris

Published by: The wok was originally made for publication but in fact was never editioned or published.


1) Michler & Lopsinger “Catalogue Raisonee of the etchings and Mixed Media Prints” - Number 56.

2) Bruce Hochman: “Print Price Guide to the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali” 1935.2 (Priced at US$45,000)

3) The Official Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali: This forthcoming publication will include this piece under reference OI 35-2

Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York -

The Dali Museum, St Petersburg, Florida

Certification: Pending certificate from Frank Hunter at the Salvador Dali Archives Ltd.