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Hello Ms Headley,  I have obtained what is told to me to be a Dali lithograph of "Enigma of the Rose."  The number is #550.  His signature is to the right of the head near the tree trunk. The lithograph is in glass.  How can I find out if he signed it personally.  I live in Rhode Island. RISD is nearby.  Thank you so much!  Judith  

Dear Judith,

According to The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali, (aka the Field guide); Enigma of the Rose is one of four lithographic images from original paintings released as a group; Visions Surrealists [Tarot]. They were printed by Levine and Levine in a tirage size of 350, with #1-150 on Arches; 1-100 on Japon; 50 EA on Arches and 50 EA on Japon.

If your image has the number 550, it must be a later release that according to Field, would not be considered an original Dali print. Therefore, the signature is most likely not original. The catalog states the original lithographic plates are presumed destroyed so any later editions would be reproductions. The size of the original prints is 29 x 21 3/8 inches with no margins.

You can take the print to a local gallery or museum for determination of the exact method of printing. If you purchased from a gallery, you may want to speak with them about the piece. I hope this information is helpful.

Best regards,

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