Long after Salvador Dalí had been influenced by Giorgio de Chirico of the previous post, Swiss publisher Jean Schneider in 1969 commissioned him to re-stylize an assemblage of traditional French 19th-century botanical engravings for a series of lithographs.
He published 14 lithographs known as the FruitDali Series and stashed away Dalí’s watercolor studies in a bank vault.
The lithographs were very popular with art collectors; my favorite is Cerises Pierrot. The eye stares at me. What does he hear with that big red ear? I don’t know if he is allergic to cherry blossoms but his nose is bleeding.
The original watercolors were sold individually for over $1 million at Bonham’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London on June 18, 2013.
The History Blog has a short Bonham video showing how Dalí superimposes his surrealistic imagery over the original botanical. It’s very stimulating and if it were in Youtube format I’d post it directly.
Here Don-Quixote-pear-branch slays a tilted-windmill-pear-dragon as Sancho-Panza-pear-blossom urges him to take care.