Fascinated with the sensually provocative lips of Hollywood actress Mae West, making headlines in the thirties, Salvador Dali painted the famous sultry movie star’s portrait entitled Mae West’s Face Which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment.
With boundless creativity, the artist painted a canvas depicting a theater where every element, viewed as a whole, portrays one of the actress's facial features. Her golden hair is the stage curtain, her eyes two separate paintings, her nose becomes a chimney and her lips....a sofa!
In 1974, Dali designed a set with Oscar Tusquets for his Theater Museum in Figueras, using the elements from his painting and whose red lips sofa would become one of his best known and most avant-garde creations.
This new interpretation of lips, a true symbol of femininity according to the surrealists, inspired a Parfums Salvador Dali feminine fragrance collection, the Lips Sofa Collection.