Salvador Dalí, ‘Deux torses feminins, Le Vice et la Vertue’, 1946-1947, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Deux torses feminins, Le Vice et la Vertue’, 1946-1947, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Deux torses feminins, Le Vice et la Vertue’, 1946-1947, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Deux torses feminins, Le Vice et la Vertue’, 1946-1947, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Deux torses feminins, Le Vice et la Vertue’, 1946-1947, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Deux torses feminins, Le Vice et la Vertue’, 1946-1947, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Size: 250 x 189 mms (9.8 x 7.4 inches)
Note: This work served as one of the 37 illustrations (21 ink drawings and 16 watercolours) by Salvador Dalí for “Les Essays de Michel de Montaigne”, published by Doubleday, New York (1947) (see https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/08/12/salvador-dali-illustratesmontaigne/). It appears on page 159. The buyer obtains a copy of the book in which the piece is illustrated.
The book was made in a Signed and Limited Edition of 1000 copies but there were also unsigned open editions by Doubleday and the Literary Guild/Doubleday. In 2005, after the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation bought 15 from the 16 original watercolours made by Dalí for the edition, they published with Editorial Planeta, a limited edition of 3,000 copies of the book that included 15 real-sized facsimiles of the watercolours and a book of studies that includes the 37 illustrations and the only preparatory drawings owned by the Foundation. In 2006 a new open edition in Spanish, was published by the Foundation and Editorial Planeta.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 – 1592) was one of the most influential philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularising the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual exercises with casual anecdotes and autobiography— and his massive volume Essays (translated literally as "Attempts" or "Trials") contains, to this day, some of the most influential essays ever written. Dali was a great admirer of De Montaigne whose work was of great literary merit .

Public Exhibitions:
1983: Ministere de la culture et la Generalite de Catalogne en hommage a Salvador Dali: Madrid and Barcelona
1/6/1998 - 1/10/1998 La Fondation Gala-Salvador Dali: “Un Dali singulier”, au Musee de Cadaques
13/5/2001 - 2/9/2001 - La Fondation Gala-Salvador Dali : “Dali et la force de l’imagination” Nordiska Akvarellmuseet de Skarhamn, Sweden.

Authentification: This work is to be found in the Descharnes archives, number d2963, and a certificate from Nicolaus Descharnes dated 9/2/2017 is supplied with it.

Private Collection, Paris

About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain