Salvador's Lincoln in Dalivision lithographic prints is one of the earliest photomosaic artistic approach produced by a well-known artist. Leon Harmon's The Recognition of Faces was the first work on photomosaic concepts to be published. Leon used to be a Bell Labs researcher and had been developing the concept. In 1974, Salvador started his first painting that resulted in Lincoln in Dalivision and in 1976, he completed the version that he would use for Lincoln in Dalivision. The basis for all Salvador's Lincoln photomosaics was Leon's Lincoln mosaic. That's evident when comparing the solid grey from Leon's paper and Salvador's final works of art.
The piece was produced based on Salvador's 1976 paintings, which at a 20m-distance is transformed into Abraham Lincoln portrait (Homage to Rothko). Salvador painted 2 original versions of this picture from 1974 to 1976, which are alike, but they aren't exactly identical. The first one resides in the Figueres, Spain-based Dalí Theatre and Museum. The second painting resides in The Salvador Dalí Museum permanent collection in St. Petersburg, Florida, in the United States. This painting is typically the basis for Salvador's Lincoln in Dalivision lithographic print. This painting resided in Japan before The Salvador Dalí Museum acquired it.
Lincoln in Dalivision is normally referred to as a lithograph or print. But technically, none of these is correct because the words have specific meanings whenever we are referring to original artwork created in limited editions. It's really a mixed media work of art. Technically, it's a photolith that has original etched remarque and embossing.
In 1977, Lincoln in Dalivision Levine & Levine in NY published Lincoln in Dalivision. All editions were signed plus numbered, except the ones marked HC. In the following editions, the production was a total of 1240 lithographs. The prints were originally being sold at 750 dollars and they included a viewing optic lens that’s small in size, and it was in a blue case. Although viewing photomosaics by squinting eyes is very common today, the optic portion was included to aid people in seeing the Lincoln image from close range. Respected galleries, including the California-based The Salvador Dalí Gallery list Lincoln in Dalivision by Salvador in their inventory periodically.