Acrylic, collage of photographs, paint tube, nail, painted on a metal oval plate. Annotated on the rim of the dish "R.REAF 2372 drawing Express". Signature silkscreen "Dali No. 2" on the back of the dish. Exhibition: Musee Ingres, Montauban, France: Ingres and the Moderns , July - October 2009. Oeuvre similar , bearing the signatures screen printing " Dali 4" on verso. Literature: A similar work is listed on page 86 of L'Officiel No. 653, June 1979 , pages 128-129 and Robert and Nicolas Descharnes , Dali the Hard and the Soft , Eccart , 2004. A certificate from Nicolas Descharnes accompanies this work.
Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist painter best known for his bizarre artworks. He is widely considered to be one of the leaders of the Surrealist Movement and his work The Persistence of Memory (1931), which shows soft, melting pocket watches on a beach, is likely the most recognizable surrealist painting of the Surrealist movement. Dali regularly worked in other forms of art besides painting, including sculpture, photography, film, fashion and drawing. Venus is a recurring figure in the artist’s oeuvre, from the iconic Venus de Milo with Drawers, 1936 to Hallucinogenic Toreador , 1968-70. Venus in the Legs illustrates the Surrealist interest in uniting different elements to spark a new reality. Dali was deeply influenced by the work of Freud, contending "The only difference between immortal Greece and contemporary times is Sigmund Freud, who discovered that the human body, purely platonic in the Greek epoch, is nowadays full of secret drawers that only psychoanalysis is capable to open." By portraying Venus on a metal platter, supported by crutches, nails and butterflies, Dali was going deeper than Freud into the dark recesses of the goddess of love. In Venus in the Legs, Dalí explored the deep, psychological mysteries of sexual desire, which are symbolized in the figure of the ancient goddess of love.