Salvador Dalí, ‘Venus aux Tiroirs ’, 1981, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Venus aux Tiroirs ’, 1981, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Venus aux Tiroirs ’, 1981, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

This is from a group of Sculpture Multiples known as “The Valsuani Collection. This theme constantly recurred throughout the oeuvre of Dali and the sculpture was first made in 1936. The artist had made several different versions of this in different patina’s.
atina’s. The drawers that open out of Dali's human and other figures have become as universally familiar as his soft watches. The Venus de Milo with Drawers or The Anthropomorphic Cabinet have imprinted indelibly Dahnian images on the visual memories of millions. Before painting the latter, Dali did a number of detailed preparatory pencil and ink drawings. The painting was conceived as a homage to the psychoanalytic theories of Freud, whom Dali (unsurprisingly) revered. Dali viewed his own subject matter as an allegorical means of tracing the countless narcissistic fragrances that waft up from every one of our drawers (as he put it). And he declared that the sole difference between immortal Greece and the present day was Sigmund Freud, who had discovered that the human body, purely neo-Platonic at the time of the Greeks, was now full of secret drawers which only psychoanalysis could pull open. Dali was familiar with the furniture figures made by the 17th century Italian Mannerist Giovanni Battista Bracelli, and they doubtless influenced his own figures with drawers. For Bracelli, though, furniture figures were a game played with geometry and space, sheer jeu d'esprit, while for Dali, three centuries later, a similar approach expressed the central, obsessive urge to understand human identity.
Cast by: Fonderie de Cheveuse: their stamps are either “VALSUANI’ or ‘AIRAINDOR”. Sometimes they use the stamp “AIRAINDOR VF” which abbreviates “Vert Florentin” a special type of green patination (Green from Florence)

Signature: signed by the artist in the bronze, and marked AIRAINDOR

Manufacturer: Fonderie de Cheveuse

“Sculptures and objects : Dali - the Hard and the Soft - by Robert and Nicolas Descharnes. Pages 36/37 - Reference 68

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