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Published October 15, 2012 Updated March 30, 2022

Salvador Dalí

Based on the standard French ‘Paris’ pattern, Dalí composed his playing card figures out of geometric shapes, like a surrealist tapestry, but retaining the traditional aspects of playing card design.

1967 Spain Draeger Frères Salvador Dalí Art & Design Cubism Surrealism Add to Collection

Salvador Dalí,  Surrealist Playing Cards, 1967

Dalí created these designs for the Ace, King, Queen and Jack of each suit plus a Joker which were also produced as a series of limited edition art posters. Based on the standard French ‘Paris’ pattern, Dalí composed his playing card figures out of geometric shapes, like a surrealist tapestry, but retaining the traditional aspects of playing card design. Born in Figueras, Catalonia, northern Spain in 1904, Dalí became one of the most iconic painters of the 20th century. Dalí takes his place in a long line of artists who have created playing cards.

Playing cards designed by Salvador Dalí, 1967

Above: playing cards designed by the famous Spanish artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), featuring many of Dalí's characteristic surrealist motifs such as melting clocks and supportive crutches. The court cards are based on the French 'Paris' pattern. The cards were printed by Draeger Frères, Paris, 1967. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

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By Barney Townshend

Member since October 06, 2015

Retired Airline Pilot, interested in: Transformation Playing Cards, Karl Gerich and Elaine Lewis. Secretary of the EPCS. Treasurer of the IPCS.

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Dear Barney,
Thank you for great information about the Dali playing cards. I wonder where the best place is to sell two complete sets of the 1967 playing card deck? My grandmother was an an artdealer and bought these playing cards in Paris 1967 and one of the decks is in absolute mint condition with the original gift ribbon from Puiforcat intact. Best regards Pia Stengard (Sweden)


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