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About the Work
“Flor Dalí (ètude, moon)” is a gouache, watercolor and ink on paper created by Salvador Dalí in 1967. The image size is 22.5 x 15 – inch. The framed size is 33.75 x 26 – inch. “Flor Dalí (étude)”, 1967 is the original artwork which inspired the lithograph ‘Moon Tree’ in Dali’s 1967 suite of 8 lithographs – Flordali.
For Dali, flower and fruit images were favorite symbols of the nature of life, death, and the esoteric circularity of that cycle. In this image for his ‘Moon Tree’ (a play on the ‘Tree of Life’), the stem is decorated at the first interval of leaves with a tripartite flower petal motif. This may be suggesting the Christian concept of body, spirit and soul, or hinting at the birth/life/death event cycle. The stem starts as a deep purple shade in its roots, hinting at the Moon’s night realm, and gradually changes into a brilliant yellow for the rising Sun (or possibly full moon phase) at the top of the ‘tree.’ The total effect of this surreal, pseudo-tree’s imagery expresses the cycle of a day from dark to light and back again or a month from dark to full moon and back again. Dali’s iconic worker symbol of an ant is included mid-left in the distance while a skeletal ‘waning-moon’ figure to the right, holding a tombstone with Dali’s signature and date on it, seems to represent the end of the day or month cycle, and death as such.
About the Artist
Spanish Artist Salvador Dalí was a Surrealist icon best known for his articulate skill and exquisite works of art. Dalí is among the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century, partially due to his explorations of subconscious imagery. He practiced sculpting, printmaking, fashion, advertising, filmmaking and more. His flamboyant personality and mischievousness contributed to his rise to becoming an international celebrity, however, his mastery of art is arguably his most distinct attribute.