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Salvador Dalí: Flowers

Salvador Dalí often showcased his sense of humor and imagination by painting flowers. In 1972, Dalí released 15 color lithographs of “Surrealist Flowers,” featuring many of his most famous symbols. In one print, the petals of white lilies morph into melting clocks. In another, a bouquet of tulips sprouts actual lips. The suite also features roses covered in drawers, anemones growing forks, and gladioli wearing hoop earrings. Dalí returned to florals in 1981, painting a playful mix of butterflies, insects, and roses in a series he self-referentially titled “Flordalí.” While Flordali II (1981) exceeded $320,000 at a Christie’s auction in 2016, editioned prints of the motif remain on the market.

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