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Salvador Dali - "Deux torses feminins, Le Vice et la Vertue” 

Salvador Dali Vice and Virtu

Original Pen and India ink drawing, on unwatermarked Chine paper,  circa 1946/1947 , Signed by the artist , lower right in ink, inscribed verso. 

Size:  250  x 189  mms (9.8 x 7.4 inches)

Authentification: This work is to be found in the Descharnes archives, number d2963, and a certificate from Nicolaus Descharnes dated 9/2/2017 is supplied with it. 


1) Private Collection, Paris

2) 13/6/2017 Cornette de Saint Cyr, Art Impressioniste & Moderne , Lot 76 - purchased €14,000

3) Fairhead Fine Art Limited (Purchased at the above auction)

Note: This work served as one of the 37 illustrations (21 ink drawings and 16 watercolours) by Salvador Dalí for “Les Essays de Michel de Montaigne”, published by Doubleday, New York (1947) (se It appears on page 159. The buyer obtains a copy of the book in which the piece is illustrated.

 The book was made in a Signed and Limited Edition of 1000 copies but there were also unsigned open editions by Doubleday and the Literary Guild/Doubleday.  In 2005, after the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation bought 15 from the 16 original watercolours made by Dalí for the edition, they published with Editorial Planeta, a limited edition of 3,000 copies of the book that included 15 real-sized facsimiles of the watercolours and a book of studies that includes the 37 illustrations and the only preparatory drawings owned by the Foundation. In 2006 a new open edition in Spanish, was published by the Foundation and Editorial Planeta.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 – 1592) was one of the most influential philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularising the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual exercises with casual anecdotes and autobiography— and his massive volume Essays (translated literally as "Attempts" or "Trials") contains, to this day, some of the most influential essays ever written.  Dali was a great admirer of De Montaigne whose work was of great literary merit .

Public Exhibitions:

1983: Ministere de la culture et la Generalite de Catalogne en hommage a Salvador Dali: Madrid and Barcelona

1/6/1998 - 1/10/1998 La Fondation Gala-Salvador Dali: “Un Dali singulier”, au Musee de Cadaques

13/5/2001 - 2/9/2001 - La Fondation Gala-Salvador Dali : “Dali et la force de l’imagination” Nordiska Akvarellmuseet de Skarhamn, Sweden.