Mae West's Face used as Apartment, 1934-1935
Salvador Dalí did this work on a newspaper photo of the actress Mae West, an icon of the 20s. For Salvador Dalí, she represented a feminine model of beauty. Using his paranoiac-critical method, Salvador Dalí creates a realistic scene from the photograph of the actress. Her facial features become furniture and ornamental motives. In 1974 the project of the Mae West room was developed, with the collaboration of the architect Oscar Tusquests. The collage was used as inspiration, using images to represent the eyes, a chimney that symbolizes the nose, the iconic sofa lip, and a blond hair wig that works as the apartment curtains. The room can be visited at the Theatre-Museum Dalí in Figueres.
Gouache on newspaper 31 x 17 cm
The Art Institute of Chicago
©Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016.