Behind the Scenes Look At Salvador Dali’s Bizarre Photograph “Voluptuous Death’ (NSFW)

Salvador Dali & Philippe Halsman - Photography

Salvador Dali & Philippe Halsman - PhotographySalvador Dali & Philippe Halsman - Photography

In 1951, surrealist artist Salvador Dali teamed up with photographer Philippe Halsman to create In Voluptas Mors or Voluptuous Death. A black and white photograph, this image is simultaneously strange, complex, and alluring. It features a giant “skull,” a living picture that is made up of seven nude female models that took three hours to arrange and photograph. The final product has the artist standing next to the skull, looking like the ring leader of a circus. And, in many ways, he is.

Additional photos have recently surfaced that reveal some behind-the-scenes moments of In Voluptas Mors. Not only do we see the apparatuses needed to hold the models, but we see how the skull was constructed with bodies. From the looks of it, there was a process of getting one section of the skull situated and balanced. This would repeat until the structure was stable enough to be captured on film.

In Voluptas Mors was not the first time that Dali and Halsman collaborated, nor was it the last. They originally met in 1941 and worked together over the course of 30 years.  All of their efforts were eventually published in a 1954 compendium titled Dali’s Mustache, an homage to the artist’s facial hair. Check out the upcoming exhibition at The Musée de l’Elysée, which runs from January 29 until May 11, 2014 to see these images in person.

(Via Huffington Post and Film’s Not Dead)

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  • Zak Vreeland

    who were the models?

  • metallic stand

    sexism in art world at work

  • Not A Dipshit

    Oh do fuck right off.

  • Also, Not a dipshit

    yep, fuckin troglodytes everywhere

  • duston todd

    Sara, you really should give much more proper credit to Philippe Halsman (provide links to his work as you did Dali), and note that it is Halsman’s photograph – not Dali’s.

  • no. 3 also not a dipshit

    total twat

  • JiGGLeBiLLy

    What are you trying to say… that the female models who posed for the photograph are somehow less significant than the men taking it? Before judging that poster, maybe you could have asked one or two short questions first. Takes almost no effort to avoid poisoning the well of internet commentary.