Grande Venus de Milo aux tiroirs

Grande Venus
Bronze, lost wax process, 1964, Height: 114cm / 45 inch

Dali´s surrealistic obsession with women is revealed by the frequent use in his works of the image symbolising the Venus. The most beautiful of all Venuses, even though the most elusive, is certainly the Venus of Milo. Dali depicts her monumentally:  tall, strong and magnificent. She is however, hiding her time/measured secrets belonging to the past: secrets of love and beauty.

For Dali, all women contained mysterious, unfathomable secrets: erotic and material secrets, all concealed in a myriad of drawers that could be opened only upon permission of his beloved Venus. The drawers are set in the figure just in those parts of the body where emotional depths are so vital.

Source Image:

Beniamino Levi, et al., Dalí in the Third Dimension, The Stratton Foundation Collection, Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin, 2010, pp. 68-69.

For more info about Venus de Milo cf: Wikipedia

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