Salvador Dali - Tristan et Iseult - Tristan’s testament
Spanish (1904 – 1989)
Salvador Dali Tristan’s Testament – 1970
Salvador Dali Tristan’s Testament is an etching from the Tristan et Iseult book. The etching was published in 1970. Dali initialed the full page etchings. Dali signed the frontispiece. We sell only complete books. We will not split up a book and sell an individual etching.
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About the etching process
The drypoint process was used to create the Salvador Dali Tristan’s Testament etching. With this process, Dali could sketch an idea onto a blank copper or zinc plate. For this, he used a diamond point or another sharp tool. The incised lines would then hold and print the ink.
Acid dissolves uncovered areas of the plate. This results in etched lines. The etched lines are typically the same width from one end to the other. Drypoint lines vary in their width, darkness and may actually be missing is some areas.
In the first runs of the plate, the edges of the lines exhibit a feathery appearance. The burr forms using a diamond point. This is similar to a furrow that forms when a farmer plows a field. Each time the plate is printed, it must be wiped to remove excess ink and other stray material. During this process the burr will wear down. The later a particular etching is in a run, the burr will have worn down and the rich wider look to the lines will be missing.
For lines formed using etching, there will be blunt end. A pointed end is more indicative of engravings. Usually, etched lines will appear the same over the area of the paper. The width of drypoint lines will vary.
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1) The complete book of 21 engravings from the w/case and title page. The book is Available!!!
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