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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.  

Cerises Pierrot, Salvador  Dali. Lithograph 1969

Cerises Pierrot, Salvador Dali. Lithograph 1969

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.

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Poire Don Quichotte, Salvador Dalí. Lithograph 1969

Poire Don Quichotte, Salvador Dalí. Lithograph 1969

Here Don-Quixote-pear-branch slays a tilted-windmill-pear-dragon as Sancho-Panza-pear-blossom urges him to take care.

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