The Hippies “Cosmonaut”


  • medium Hand Colored Etching
  • edition 55/100
  • size 20.00w x 26.00h in
  • created 1969
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COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Additional Info: LV/C – from The Hippies print series
Collection Note:

In 1969 Dali created a series of 11 drypoint etchings with hand coloring entitled Les Hippies, from which this print is a part. The inspiration for this suite came from photographs taken in India by his longtime friend and publisher, Pierre Argillet. The etchings reveal the superb, spontaneous and consummate technique of the artist at the peak of his maturity. Outlandish, surrealist characters or situations appear in these 11 images through intricate whirls and golden halos.

Christine Argillet, daughter of the renowned dada and surrealist art publisher Pierre Argillet, describes why the Hippies series is some of her favorite works: “My favorite pieces are those where Dali used unusual tools or broke new ground, like the Hippies series. Dali placed different time periods and places together—you would discover Don Quixote next to a hippie with a guitar, a Buddhist temple and Santiago of Compostela. Dali wanted to put a link in between the various cultures of the world, and the Hippies were a fantastic vector between East and West during the 60’s.”

Many consider the 1960’s the “Golden Age” of Dalí’s prints, a decade that saw some of the most brilliant works to be produced by the artist.