The Life of a Fireman, Salvador Dali

Interpretation by Salvador Dali of the Currier & Ives print “The Life of a Fireman” with a color miniature of that print adhered to bottom center of Dali print. 112/250

Salvador Dali Spanish, 1904-1989 Fire! Fire! Fire!, 1971 Hand-colored lithograph Salvador Dali, known for his Surrealist paintings of the 1930s and 1940s, created a number of lithographs based on popular culture. In Fire! Fire! Fire! he reflects on his childhood memories of Currier & Ives and the popularity of the prints in the 20th century. Here, inspired by the 1854 image of The Life of A Fireman – The Fire, Dali superimposes his own interpretation over a miniature version of the print. He includes thick white vertical lines to represent water spraying from a hose, bright orange fire and a moth that is drawn to the light and heat of the flames. Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquisition Funds 2004.D07.01

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29 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches
Hand-colored Lithograph
29 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert
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