One of the most visually arresting images in Dalí’s Biblia Sacra portfolio is They Will All Come From Saba. The bright colors, smeared brushstrokes, and elongated lines make this work distinctive.
They Will All Come From Saba by Salvador Dali
Dalí’s illustration is based on biblical verses from Isaiah. These verses refer to God’s intent to create a peaceful nation open to all. They describe people travelling from faraway places like Saba, a kingdom believed to be in modern day Yemen, with camels and caravans towards the Promised Land of Jerusalem.
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Dalí reinterprets these lines from Isaiah and depicts them with his own style. Instead of camels, large elephants dominate the composition. The elephants have long, thin legs which touch the ground. This was a common motif for Dalí, and it can also be seen in his painting Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening and the engraving Trois Elephants Dalí believed that the elongated, but grounded elephant, symbolized “man shackled to the earth by gravity, but also reaching for the higher.”
In addition to replacing camels with elephants, Dalí also replaces figures with smudges. Instead of portraying details of the people, he represents them as smears of paint. This approach is seen throughout the Biblia Sacra, as Dali often used it to depict unknown or unspecific people. In creating these signature smudges, Dalí was inspired by the Dada and Abstract Expressionist Movements. He was particularly inspired by Jackson Pollock’s drip style of paint and Joan Miro’s use of elemental shapes.
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They Will All Come From Saba is the only work in the Biblia Sacra Suite that Dalí signed twice. This suggests that the work held a particular importance for him. Once you view the piece, you too, will see why it is so special.
You can see this print along with the rest of the Biblia Sacra suite from November 4th to January 26th at Baterbys Art Gallery. All 105 lithographs from his Biblia Sacra will be on display. Don’t miss out on this amazing exhibition of the greatest Surrealism artist. Admission is only $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information please visit the event page. See you there!