Venus in Furs

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 are best expressed.

Woman with Torch
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Piquant Buttocks
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The Egrets
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The Purple Boot
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Torso
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Winged Demon
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Woman Holding Veil
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Woman on Horseback
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Woman with Crutch
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Woman with Shoe
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Woman with Whip
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Man Kissing Shoe
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