Venus In Furs – Winged Demon
Suite: Venus in Furs
Dimensions: 15″ x 11″
Medium: Original etchings
Edition Number: 102/145 on Japon
Tirage: Suite of 20 original etchings with roulette, published in 1969.
All of which are 15 x 11 inches, 4 are vignettes. Numbered 1 – 150 on
Arches, and 1 – 145 on Japanese paper.
Triad Art Group
Jean Christophe Argillet, by succession
Musee du Surréalisme, Melun, France
Pierre & Genevieve Argillet, Publishers
“Winged Demon” is from the “Venus in Furs” series. Dalí was intrigued by the premise of the Austrian author, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, novel “Venus in Furs.” The novel is about a man whose chief pleasure was to be thrashed by a beautiful woman wearing nothing more than a fur coat. Joining in the sadomasochistic game suggested by Sacher-Masoch’s text, Dalí found liberation and often portrayed himself within the works either in pain or inflicting pain. Primarily in a setting where Eros and Thanatos are laughing at each other, a major, powerful series, where Dalí’s freedom of line and thought are best expressed.
Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age Dalí was encouraged to practice his art, and he would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí's first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.