An oil on canvas painting by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali´. "Les Yeux Fleuris" is executed mainly in reds and ochre and depicts crying eyes against a red brick wall. Dali´ often depicted eyes in his painting, sculpture, and fashion (especially jewelry) as both a symbol for the act of perception and as an allusion, and to promote a new way of seeing.
Dali´ parlayed the idea of accumulated, or “flowering,” eyes into a grand oil and tempera painting for the set of his 1944 ballet Mad Tristan. It was inspired by Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and art expert Jennifer Whisper explained that Dali´ focused on that opera’s closing moments, when Tristan dies and is found by Isolde.
Its provenance traces to Marques Jorge de Cuevas, who also owned Dali´’s 15-foot-wide Yeux Fleuris, also used on the set for Mad Tristan.
Marquis Georges de Cuevas, Monte-Carlo
Hans Schemke, France
Private Collection, France
Descharnes, Robert, and Gilles Néret. "Salvador Dalí, 1904-1989: The Paintings" (Taschen, 2015), no. 580.