Salvador Dalí, ‘​ Vénus de Milo aux tiroirs’, 1988, Robin Rile Fine Art

​Conceived in 1964; this bronze version cast in 1988 Vénus de Milo aux
tiroirs is perhaps Dalí's most iconic sculpture.

Signature: ​Signed 'Salvador Dali' (on the top of the base); numbered and stamped with number and foundry mark ‘VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE PARIS' (on the left side of the base).

Image rights: ​ Robin Rile Fine Art


M. Gérard, ed., Dalí, New York, 1968, no. 148 (another cast illustrated). R. Descharnes, Dalí, The Work, The Man, New York, 1984, p. 199 (another version illustrated). R. and N. Descharnes, Dalí, The Hard and the Soft, Spells for the Magic of Form, Sculptures & Objects, Paris, 2004, p. 37, no. 68 (another cast illustrated in color).

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