Robert and Nicolas Descharnes have confirmed the authenticity of this work.
An extraordinary draftsman, Salvador Dalí's works on paper exemplify his virtuostic hand as well as the innovative and eccentric imagination that guided it. The basic tension between these forces--impossibly fine execution and boundless creativity and experimentation--defines Dalí's unique appeal.
In the early 1960s Dalí began to incorporate collaged elements such as botanical and butterfly prints into his works on paper, including the beloved Currier & Ives prints, paying homage to the great 19th century American printmakers in an intimate take on American nostalgia. He also began to look to printed botanical illustrations at this time, and incorporating into his paintings flowers that captivated artist's imagination for not only their explosive color but also for the power of their fertility. The present painting is exceptional in that it depicts a glorious bouquet of flowers within his iconic, surrealist landscape with figures.
Dalí's Fleurs d'été dans un paysage surréaliste was donated to The Holden Arboretum in Kirkland, Ohio, by Warren H. Corning, a key figure in the arboretum's history and a prolific collector of botanical and horticultural books and artworks. Until his passing in 1975, Corning focused his collecting primarily on herbals, plant science, and works of art and illustration that he gave Holden and that now reside in the Warren H. Corning Library. In recognition of Corning's long devotion to education at The Holden Arboretum, proceeds from the painting's sale will go to the Warren H. Corning Education Fund, a new endowment fund managed by the arboretum to support its programs in education and information services, which serve schoolchildren, families, avid plantspersons, green professionals, and the general public of Northeast Ohio.