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Of The Bauhaus, The Egg, & I

This photo is one of the images from the 1973 Playboy shoot directed by Salvador Dalí:

The image was found at Lucia Davies’s interview of Raven Smith at AnOther, which also notes the following on and from Dalí:

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.”

I don’t find Dali’s remarks at all ambiguous; he admits his motivation was not only monetary gain, but that his work was as great as what he was paid for it. I not only think nothing less of him for it, but in fact admire his mastery of humor and honesty — the combination of which is what many call wit. (Some might also consider that the definition of Surrealism; but I leave that for another time, if not another place.)

Not to be missed in the AnOther piece is this comment from photographer and picture editor Raven Smith himself:

If you come round my house you’ll see me reclining on a Lazyboy, reading vintage Playboy by the light of my Bauhaus lamp. I’ll probably have a Brandy to hand as well. And a cigar.

But then I’m a sucker for all things Bauhaus.

Not to mention a man with vices.

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