Salvador Dalí

FlorDali Les Fruits prunier hatif (Hurrying Plum Tree)

1969/70
photolith with engraving and embossing on paper
Inventory number 346
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 plum blossom originated in China centuries ago and have later been introduced globally as a significant tree and cuisine. The fruit blooms during the colder months of the year and symbolise hope in a time of bleakness. Plums are also said to represent endurance, vitality, and strength in dreams as the fruit grow in demanding environments, never giving up. Dalí examines sexuality, fertility, and life cycles through his artwork FlorDali Les Fruits prunier hatif (Hurrying Plum Tree) with the metaphor of movement. The plum man runs over the slow and steady progress of the snail.