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    Sale 7703

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 179

    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)

    Flowers and fruit

    Price Realised  

    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
    Flowers and fruit
    signed 'Dalí' (lower right)
    acrylic, watercolour, brush and India ink and paper collage on paper
    22 x 30 3/8 in. (55.9 x 77.2 cm.)


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    Robert and Nicolas Descharnes have confirmed the authenticity of this work.


    Flowers and fruit is a preparatory work for the print of the same title (Michler & Löpsinger no. 1350), executed in 1971 as part of Dalí's Currier & Ives series in which he paid homage to the 19th century printmakers who brought visions of American life into every home in the United States. The current work centers on a tightly rendered hand-coloured lithograph overlaid by Dalí's hand-painted interpretation. Just as Currier & Ives presented to the average American the fantasy of luxurious floral arrangements and bowls overflowing with fresh berries that are laid against a vast rolling landscape, Dalí invites the contemporary viewer into his own fantasy world where flowers explode into jewel-toned sprays and butterflies are born from their blossoms. Each work in its way represents hope, life and fruitfulness.

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    Provenance

    Sydney and Phyllis Lucas, New York, by whom acquired from the artist.
    Silver State Fine Art, Los Angeles, by whom acquired from the above.
    Acquired from the above by the late owner in 2001.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Del Mintz Collection