Salvador Dali’s illustrations of Alice in Wonderland are a surrealist fantasy come true
Salvador Dali, one of past century’s most iconic artists, is best remembered for his distinctive art. But his work on Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s delightful and enduring story, is a surrealist fantasy come true.
Alice in Wonderland is loaded with surrealist elements, which lie at the heart of the story, and features absurdity in narrative, characters, and situations throughout the novel. Dali, who of course reigns as the most popular of surreal artists, re-imagines Lewis’s Carroll’s ideas beyond Sir John Tenniel’s depictions and takes Alice in Wonderland on his own wildly imaginative spin.
Dali infuses Wonderland with his distinctive style, in memorable scenes such as the Mad Tea Party, the Mock Turtle Race, Down the Rabbit Hole, and the notorious Queen’s croquet ground. The result is a delightful collaboration that brings the two creative minds together, taking the fantastical elements in Wonderland to new playful and creative heights.
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