Space Venus by Salvador Dalí // Bronze // #170/350 // 1984
A beautiful bronze sculpture by Salvador Dali (1904-1989).
Space Venus (Venus Spatiale).
Signed 'Dali' (on top of the base) and numbered and dated with foundry mark '170/350/Jemelton 1984' and inscribed 'Venturi Arte' (on back of the base).
Bronze with a dark-brown and gold patina.
Conceived in 1977 and cast in 1984 in an edition of 350.
Dimensions: H66.5 x W32.5 x D35 cm (H26 3/16" x W12 13/16" x D13 3/4").
Provenance: Private collection. Purchased at Campo Auctioneers, Antwerp.
The sculpture demonstrates Dalí ’s excellent knowledge of ancient and Renaissance art, as well as his capacity to infuse a work with the unmistakable Daliesque rawness. Though inspired from Venus de Milo, the lot merely depicts a bust that is split in two. The soft watch, a symbol that is recurrent in Dali’s oeuvre, exemplifies the antithesis between the beauty of the flesh, which is fleeting, and the beauty of art, which is eternal. The egg was also often used by Dalí due to the contrast between the hardness of the shell and the softness of its internal matter. Here it is placed where the womb would normally be located, symbolizing rebirth and ultimate renewal. The ants, on the other hand, stand for annihilation and destruction, thus reminding the viewer of the transient nature of human life.