This work is from the series of prints Dali produced for an illustrated revision of Comte de Lautreamont?s poetic novel, 'Les Chants de Maldoror', in 1934. A kneeling skeletal figure is depicted in the same pose as appears in several other prints. This imagery is almost certainly inspired by two contrasting sources: the illustrations in anatomical treatises from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, which were much prized by the Surrealists for their equivocal beauty, and also the sculptural `bone? drawings and paintings made by Pablo Picasso between 1928 and 1932, when he was in close contact with the Surrealist movement. Set in a deserted landscape, there is a distinctly ominous feeling to the scene, with the malleable, slug-like forms contrasting with the weakened, crumbling bones.