Dry point on paper (1966), 22x16cm, 44,5×36,5 (including frame), from Bibliophillie Toyen, Le puits dans la tour, Débris de reves, 1967, Paris, signed right bottom, numbered E. A. 16/20 left bottom.Origin: auction house Prague.
Published in the catalogue Books with Toyen, Lenka Bydžovská a Karel Srp, Akropolis, 2003
The highest achieved price for Toyen´s work (oil on canvas) in the auction sale – 700 thousand €, May 2016, Auction House Thierry-Lannon & Associés in Brest
The highest price achieved in the home auction sale – 36 million CZK in the year 2017, Galerie Kodl
Video record from the auction
The highest price achieved in the home auction sale for print – 216 thousand CZK in the year 2012, Galerie Kodl
The highest price achieved in the home auction sale for drawing – 1.2 million CZK in the year 2009
Toyen and the poet and dramatist Radovan Ivsić knew each other in the surrealistic group since 1950s, but their cooperation started only ten years later. Toyen came to him in the year 1966 with fine ink drawings of which she spoke as the dream shards. In the end, a marvellous cassette-book with twelve illustrations came to existence. The cassette with an erotic game of a little ball and a hole was of the design by Toyen also. The drawings depict a dream penetration of human and animal body parts where the erotic tension is highly visible. It´s not clear there where the desire and passion ends and suffering starts. Petting is being transformed into torture. For this volume, the special ornamental decoration is typical – human body parts giving the impression of a tattoo (she followed up the idea of Štyrský about infants with tattoos depicting pornography motifs). Fragments of dream shards appear also in her older works – like Divider, Eclipse or the Stream in the Faraway. These graphics are emblematic of Toyen´s ability to combine human and animal elements, without human body ever appearing there. In the antique mirror, even several sharp bird little beaks are trying to break into vaginal flowers.
Individual prints of the volume have been offered in the Czech auctions sporadically since the year 2002 – blak & white, or coloured also.