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Fantasies Diurnes is a thematic pendant to Memory of the Child-Woman. Once again, the landscape views along the margins of the painting can be identified as the rocks o f Cap Creus and Port Lligat, the nostalgic site of Dali's childhood memories and the location of his current residence with Gala, just over the hill from Cadaques. Signs of Dali's s erotic attachment to Gala as the "Child-Woman" abound: in the snail shells that are scattered in the lower left of the painting; in the phallic key that is locked into one of the concave pockets in the fantastic, skull-like object that stretches across the middle ground; in the multiple inscription of the phrase "deux fois" in relation to the image of the key (a scheme borrowed from Rene Magritte's word-image paintings that alludes here to Dalf's sexual relations with Gala); in the anamorphic head of the Great Masturbator that is inscribed on a red gem; and, most notably, in the obsessive repetition of the name "Guillaume Tell." The distended "anatomy " of the central object relates to Dali's exploration of the theme of anamorphosis and the abject symbolism of soft forms , while the ram's skull in the foreground is a sign of putrescence, one of the three great simulacra in Dali' s vision of the human libido.