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Leaf Hands

A work made of cotton and rayon, plain weave; screen printed with vat-dyes.

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  • A work made of cotton and rayon, plain weave; screen printed with vat-dyes.

Date:

1949

Artist:

Designed by Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Manufactured by Schiffer Prints (American, mid-20th century)

About this artwork

Disembodied green hands with gently pointed magenta fingernails and dark brown veins float across a fractured white ground in Salvador Dalí’s Leaf Hands design for Schiffer Prints. In the mid-twentieth century, Schiffer, a division of Mil-Art Company, Inc., commissioned artists, such as Dalí, Edward Wormley, and Ray Eames, to produce designs for fabrics, expecting to market them to clients interested in a modernist aesthetic for their homes. Dalí found this design process fruitful and went on to use the leaf hands motif for brooches, which were cast in eighteen-carat gold and feature red enamel fingernails.

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Artist

Salvador Dalí (Designer)

Title

Leaf Hands

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1949

Medium

Cotton and rayon, plain weave; screen printed with vat-dyes

Inscriptions

'Leaf Hands' by Salvador Dali, Vat Dye hand Print Schiffer Prints

Dimensions

195.8 x 123.4 cm (77 1/8 x 48 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. John Farwell III Endowment

Reference Number

2018.210

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