The 150th Anniversary Edition of “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Salvador Dalí, is a treasure for a home library of any size. Published by alices-adventures-in-wonderland-by-lewis-carroll-illustrated-by-salvador-dali-2015Princeton University Press in 2015, the great work by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is hauntingly interpreted by Dalí’s twelve heliogravures, one for each chapter.

Dalí created a timeless symbolic image of the innocence of young girls in his 1935 masterpiece “Nostalgic Echo”. The “hand painted dream photograph” depicts a “Girl Skipping Rope” in a courtyard, an elongated shadow before her, and the surreal image repeated above in the bell tower.

He continued the theme the next year in his Triptych “Landscape With A Girl Skipping Rope” (1936).

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Dalí presents the motifs of the bell tower (time), evoking the allusion of a clock striking twelve (“Cinderella” & 12 chapters in “Wonderland”), and the “dreamlike” symbolism of feminine innocence “undone” as young girls skipping rope eventually mature and become women.

Metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), clearly influenced Dalí with the girl the-melancholy-and-mystery-of-a-street-giorgio-de-chirico-1914pushing the hoop in “The Mystery and Melancholy of a Street” (1914). 

“Alice” becomes conscious of herself, changing as she descends into the rabbit hole, not unlike the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Or Innocence Lost.

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