Surrealism

Salvador Dalí’s work for Playboy Magazine

Posted August 11th, 2011

Sexuality, Surrealism

“Whilst Playboy has seen a decline in circulation and cultural relevance with increased competition in the field it founded — first from Penthouse, Oui (which was published as a spin-off of Playboy) and Gallery in the 1970s; later from pornographic videos; and more recently from lad mags such as Maxim, FHM, and Stuff, it still remains amongst the most iconic publications of all time. Featuring the world-class photography of Herb Ritts, Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton, Playboy pages have also been art directed by the likes of Keith Haring, David LaChappelle, Eames and Salvador Dalí. The latter’s 1973 Playboy spreads are this week’s Most Loved on AnOther Loves as chosen by photographer and picture editor Raven Smith. Here the master of Surrealism juxtaposed the shot of a nude leaning against a giant egg, coiled in snakes with cut-up Renaissance imagery. Asked what his bizarre compositions meant, Dalí replied with an equally ambiguous response, “The meaning of my work is the motivation that is of the purest – money. What I did for Playboy is very good and your payment is equal to the task.”

You can see scans of some NSFW (not safe for work – maybe not something you may not want to look at while your boss is looking over your shoulder) images (Nudity! They were in Playboy, ok?) over here.