This series of fourteen paintings show Dali's desire to take the ordinary and subvert it. At first glance, one could mistake the paintings for conventional decorative prints but look more closely and one can see that Dali has painted over them with characteristically fantastic embellishments. Dali himself declared "I see the human form in trees, animals: the animal and vegetable in the human. My art shows the metamorphosis that takes place" and these compositions are a fabulous illustration of his artistic approach. By overlaying such traditional images with his famous artistic vocabulary of dragons, hooded figures, crutches and weeping eyes, he gives us an insight into his own hyperfertile imagination. But most of all, these beautifully fresh images show Dali enjoying himself, poking fun at the demons and fairies lurking behind the straight-laced images of 19th century science.

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