Salvador Dalí

FlorDali Les Fruits Grenade et lange (Pomegranate and Angel)

1969/70
photolith with engraving and embossing on paper
Inventory number 355
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. 

In Greek mythology, the pomegranate symbolises Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Her royalty is expressed through Dalí’s artwork by the crowned and jewelled pomegranates, as Persephone became Queen of the underworld after being abducted by Hades, the Lord of the underworld. Persephone became bound to Hades after eating pomegranate seeds but was allowed to travel between worlds in differing seasons. In this story, the pomegranate symbolises life, destruction and regeneration, and marriage.