“Venus de Milo with Drawers” by Salvador Dali

“Venus de Milo with Drawers” by Salvador Dali
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An excellent mid 20th Century gilt bronze figure of Venus de Milo with Drawers by Salvador Dali – The figure of Venus de Milo incorporating drawer compartments to her head, breasts, torso and left leg to symbolise the memory and the unconscious and refer to the “idea drawer”, a legacy of reading Freud’s concept. They express the mystery of the hidden secrets. Most children explore every drawer, cabinet and closet of their home. Signed Salvador Dali, numbered 194/1000 & Foundry stamped Valsuani Demart

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Salvador Dali

Dali Venus de Milo with Drawers – Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known as Salvador Dalí  was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painting skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dali Venus de Milo with Drawers

Dali Venus – Vénus de Milo aux tiroirs is perhaps Dalí’s most iconic sculpture. In the early 1940s Dalí’s artistic style shifted from Surrealism to a more traditional approach based on Classical and Renaissance art. As he famously stated, “to be a Surrealist forever is like spending your life painting nothing but eyes and noses.” Whereas Dalí’s previous works had been based on his interest in dreams and the subconscious, he now began to draw inspiration from historical and religious sources, appropriating traditional motifs and creating a daring and innovative visual vocabulary. Obsessed with the image of the Venus de Milo, which he had viewed in the Louvre, Dalí reinterprets this classic image with a familiar passion for visual experiment and in doing so has created one of his most famous and recognizable motifs. Dalí has imbued the serene and sensuously feminine Venus with a new sense of character and presence, interrupting the smooth and diaphanous drapery with cube-like drawers set into the shape of her torso. Two versions of this subject were executed in plaster, including the model for the present work. Dalí intended to include the bronze versions in his important 1964 retrospective in Tokyo at the Seibu Museum, but there was not enough time to cast them and only the plasters were exhibited. It was not until 1981 that the artist again attempted to cast the present work in bronze, but his frail health again delayed the process and they were eventually cast in 1988. Signed ‘Salvador Dali’ (on the top of the base); numbered and stamped with foundry mark ‘EA III/IV C VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE PARIS’ (on the left side of the base) bronze with black and green patina Height: 44.8 in. (114 cm.) Conceived in 1964; this bronze version cast in 1988. Property from a Private Collection. An example of this composition was featured as part of DALI MIAMI 2012.

Dali Venus Influences

Dali was deeply influenced by the work of Freud, contending “The only difference between immortal Greece and contemporary times is Sigmund Freud, who discovered that the human body, purely platonic in the Greek epoch, is nowadays full of secret drawers that only psychoanalysis is capable to open.” For this 1936 Surrealist object, Dali cuts six drawers into Venus, transforming the Greek goddess into a piece of living furniture, a visual pun on the phrase “chest” of drawers, also known as a bureau. In addition, the drawers are a metaphor for the way Freudian psychoanalysis opens the hidden areas of the unconscious. In Dali’s words, “Freud discovered the world of the subconscious on the tumid surfaces of ancient bodies, and Dali cut drawers into it.”

 

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