Whereas beautifully painted (and lifelike) butterflies featured often in his major works, and swarms of ants symbolized mortality in his surrealist paintings, and even the humble fly appeared quite often, I'm afraid dragonflies featured only in loose sketches and watercolour studies, indeed these were all I could find :
|Untitled Watercolour 1949|
|Untitled Watercolour 1926|
|Untitled Lithograph 1975|
|This watercolour was made as part of the publicity|
for the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage and featured
a giant dragonfly, though the film itself only
featured Raquel Welsh.
|Vanishing Face (featuring dragonflies)|
One of his final images as frailty caused him to cease
working in 1983 and he died six years later.
So a shame they don't feature in his masterworks as his fascination with metamorphosis would have made them an ideal subject I would have thought, but their life is aptly surreal in its own way I suppose.