Negresses

Salvador Dalí
Venus in FursNegresses, Les Negresses, 1969.
ML/Argillet #363; Fields # 68-6 J.

Original, drypoint hand-colored etching with roulette on Arches paper.
Hand-signed Dali and numbered at the lower margins.Edition of 145.
This artwork is framed and wall-ready. COA.

Venus in Furs was a novel written by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose word and name are the inspiration and origin of the word “masochism.” It is a novel about a man whose chief pleasure was to be thrashed by a beautiful woman wearing nothing more than a fur coat.

Needless to say, this was an intriguing subject matter for Dalí. Joining in the sadomasochistic game suggested by the text from Sacher-Masoch, Salvador Dalí found liberation and often portrayed himself as a man, a woman, or a hermaphrodite, either in pain or inflicting pain in a setting where Eros and Thanatos are laughing at each other—a major, powerful work, where Dalí’s freedom of line and thought is best expressed. — Dali-Argillet Collection.

Salvador Dali – Off The Wall Gallery Houston, Texas.

Artwork size: 15 x 11 inches / 38 x 28 cm.
Frame size: 28 x 24 inches / 71 x 61 cm.
Inv #: AB1355
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