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About the Work
Salvador Dalí was an author, critic, impresario and provocateur. He became part of the art scene in 1929, thus becoming one of history’s most prolific artists. His fantastic imagery and flamboyant personality contributed to him becoming the best-known artist of the Surrealist movement of the late 1920s and early 1930s. He is known for his enigmatic and extraordinary paintings of dreamscapes and religious themes. Dalí always took risks in his art, as well as in his personal life, and he fearlessly embraced his boundless creativity and created visionary work.
“Pudentiane” is part of an erotic group of prints by Salvador Dalí that depicts “Les Amours Jaunes”. Other works in this series that were depicted by Dalí include “Duel with Camelias”, “The Rebel Poet”, “The Eternal Madame”, and more. These are also known as the only published poems of Tristan Corbière, a French poet considered one of the “poetes maudits” by Paul Verlaine, a representative of artists who lived outside of society’s boundaries. Of all the 24 poems in Corbière’s work, Dalí chose 10 to elaborate on in his own iconic and amusing style. Micheler Lopsinger notes that the original plan was to illustrate a more erotic text, but this was rejected in favor of the present one. The etchings were reworked and amplified in drypoint by Dalí and all impressions were gilded by Atelier Jacomet.
“Pudentiane” is a work of art in signature Dalí style. Here we see a man holding a broom staring at a vase-like-figure. The vase has grotesque limbs emerging out of its side and sharp, dark flowers elongated out of the top. To the right is a large person, with closed eyelids, long eyelashes, and bushy eyebrows. This figure is sticking it’s tongue out and salivating onto what is beneath him. On the opposite side is the backside of a human figure that is barely peering into the image. On the top there is a gilded crown. “Pudentiane” is an 11.5 x 8.5- inch hand-signed etching on drypoint with gilding created in 1974.