Salvador Dalí, ‘Head of Roses’, 1981, New River Fine Art

The origin of "Woman with a Head of Roses" are found in a 1934 text "The Great Mannequin" that was published in Minotaure by Rene Crevel. The text reads: "But shall she appear and its spring, A ball of flowers shall serve as her head. Her brain is both beehive and bouquet. She has a breast for an entire corsage. Ribbons of honey serve as nerves and hair, dance on her membrane of little talking leaves that descend on bunches until her waist that they ring." (Eccart, 267)

Dali, The Hard & The Soft by Robert & Nicholas Descharnes no. 684 page 267.

About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain