La jument de compère Pierre by Salvador Dalí, 1972. Etching, 13 × 17 inches. Via Art Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL.
Based on a fable by Jean de la Fontaine in which a lecherous priest promises to transform Pierre’s wife into a horse to help him with his farm work. The process, of course, involves the woman being naked and both her and Pierre being completely silent while the priest gropes her nude body. The priest says that the wife must have a tail for the spell to work (indicating that the “examination” has proceeded to the woman’s backside). At this point, Pierre had had enough and yelled out, “No tail! It will leave a scar!” Pierre’s wife then becomes angry at Pierre for stopping the process, even though Pierre forced her to do it in the first place against her wishes. She wants to become a mare to help with the work. To which Pierre says:
No mare, I desire;
An ass for me is all that I require.