Besides being a painter, Salvador Dali was a highly prolific printmaker and created a large number of lithographs during his lifetime. Dali’s Signs of the Zodiac is a series of 13 lithographs originally forming a portfolio. Twelve of the prints represents one of the individual zodiac signs with the 13th print being the frontispiece showing all 12 signs together in a circular design.
In this portfolio, Dali created the signs in bright colors and expressive lines. Though they are a departure from his most well-known style of biomorphic and almost hyper-real dreamscapes, the depictions are uniquely Dali.
The portfolio was published by Leon Amiel in Paris and New York in two editions – one on Arches paper and one on Japan paper. It was printed in France by Mourlot. Only 250 copies were made. Due to the nature of the lithographic process, earlier editions are generally of a slightly better quality and are, therefore, more highly valued. Accompanying pages of text describing the characteristics of each Zodiac sign were written by Nicolas Sokoloff.