Salvador Dalí

Memories of Surrealism – Surrealistic Flower Girl

1971
photo-lithograph on paper
Inventory number 495

Salvador Dalí’s Memories of Surrealism suite was published by Transworld Art. The total edition is 500, including sets in English and in French. 

Each of the prints is a photo-lithograph (photolith) of an original mixed media artwork created using gouache and collage on paper. 

Salvador Dalí created the Memories of Surrealism suite in 1971 in express reflections based upon his career to date. 

Pierre Restany, a French art critic, interviewed Salvador Dalí about each of the Memories of Surrealism prints. The text appears out of order on printed introductory pages to accompany the photo-lithographs.

About Surrealistic Flower Girl, Restany recounts his interview with Dalí as follows. “A tribute to Guy de Maupassant: one of his short stories has always been my favorite. You all remember it. It is the one of the baker with a temperature of 102, I believe, and his wife has put some eggs under his armpits for him to brood. Because of the high fever, there is a wonderful moment when the bed is full of little chickens emerging from the unfortunate baker’s armpits: the man is dying in a state of extreme satisfaction, the creative heat of his armpits filling the room with a sweat odour. And this, in addition, at a time when surely hormones did not exist. All the little chickens are running behind you gloriously. The same with all the vegetating surrealistic little lice which I have brooded under my own armpits.”