Greensboro College receives Dali print

by Jeff Sykes

Greensboro College was gifted a Salvador Dali print last month to add to its Holocaust Program and Document Collection.

Jonathon Epstein, visiting associate professor of sociology and director of the college’s Holocaust Program and Document Collection, made a presentation on Aug. 14 at Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem. The donors, a couple who asked to remain anonymous, attended the presentation and approached Epstein immediately following the event to discuss the donation.

The 20 1/16- by 15 11/16-inch print, “Thou Hast Laid Me in the Nethermost Pit,” is from Dali’s “Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel” portfolio, the college announced. Those 25 works were commissioned by Sherwood Publishing in 1967 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Israel’s founding.

“This moving and disturbing piece by Dali is a stark testament to the darkness that was the Holocaust,” Epstein said. “It is at once both troubling and intriguing and compels us to confront humanity’s darkest moments and reflect upon them. It is a remarkable addition to our growing Levy-Lowenstein collection.”

The lithograph is one of four in the “Aliyah” portfolio that deal with the Holocaust. The college’s print is No. 103 in a run of 250. Its appraised value is $2,250.