Visual paradox, the fundamental basis of surrealism. A classic symbol of beauty and romantic desire, the rose seems to ‘float’ in the sky on the tote bag. A true painter is one who can paint extraordinary scenes in the middle of an empty desert. A true painter is one who can patiently paint a pear in the midst of the tumults of history. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022.