Salvador Dali’s Illustrations for the 1969 Edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Since its 1865 publication, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has seen publication in several dozen illustrated editions (and at least twenty films). Most people associate the initial publication of Alice with the John Tenniel illustrations that appeared in the first edition, and rightly so, but Carroll himself provided his own drawings in the manuscript of the book. Alice has always had a visual complement. The best editions adapt the story’s look to the contemporary zeitgeist. Arthur Rackham’s 1907 illustrations beautifully contain Edwardian-era elegance and foreboding. Leonard Weisgard’s 1949 illustrations certainly capture the post-war optimism and Technicolor designs of the period.
And Dali? As you can see above, his vision updates mid-century abstract expressionism as an LSD-fueled daydream (or nightmare). Dali used an old photographic reproduction technique called heliogravure to produce these trippy, hyper-saturated pieces.