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Before appearing in a new painting sparkling with wonderful colors, the ideas of an artist need a long time to ripen in mysterious depths of his subconsciousness. The life cycle of the butterfly could serve a symbol of this transforming a vague idea into the bright image. The ugly caterpillar changes into chrysalis to emerge finally as a beautiful butterfly. This phase of "chrysalis" hidden from man's eyes invisibly exists in the picture. At this stage, the artist filters out false figures and finds his way. He gains strength and… takeoff! The painter seems to feel the tips of his fingers transforming into brush, Salvador Dali says. Then the dormant torrents of selfexpression suddenly awaken, and finally break through this chrysalisskin filling the picture with their wings of color.