Salvador Dalí

FlorDali Les Fruits Pomme dragon (Dragon Apple)

1969/70
photolith with engraving and embossing on paper
Inventory number 344
Salvador Dalí’s FlorDali Les Fruits suite was published by Jean Schneider and there are 340 prints in the authentic edition. The suite was divided into several issues on differing types of paper. The CL portion consists of 150 prints and were made on Auvergne paper. This paper was made in a paper mill in Auvergne, France and is well known for being a preferred paper for printmaking by artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. 

Fruit has been depicted in artworks throughout history, represented from the old masters to contemporary artists.  This history of fruit represented in art dates to ancient Egypt as emblems of nourishment, abundance, differing seasons, fertility, pleasure, and the passage of time. 

For Salvador Dalí, the sexuality of human beings in anthropomorphic form through animals, plants, trees, flowers, and fruits is explored in the FlorDali Les Fruits suite. 

The forbidden fruit found in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden, include possibilities such as apples, figs, and grapes. In Western culture, the story from the Book of Genesis recounts Eve and Adam eating an apple after God prohibited it. The story of the forbidden fruit is used to symbolise temptation, sex, and fertility. In FlorDali Les Fruits Pomme dragon (Dragon Apple), the apple is represented as a destructive agent with the dragon leashed to splitting (or decaying) apples.