<p>The backdrop of this two-foot wide, two-and-a-half-foot tall oil painting and collage is a thin wash of pastel colors. Below the horizon is a bleak land of pallid gray. Above, a band of anaemic pink transitions into a big, pale blue sky. Near the top of the canvas, a small red kite flutters in the air, with two long, hair-like strings dangling down to the land below. On the ashen ground, two objects rest on separate beds of actual sand and crushed seashells. On our left is a pink, misshapen hand that resembles an amalgam of genitalia. The index finger and thumb are pinched together, creating a red, vertical slit, and the erect pinkie points toward the centre of the canvas at an odd angle with two round knuckles hanging beneath it. On our right is a larger object that resembles two soft, pink cones, stacked one atop the other, pointing toward the centre of the canvas. Protruding from a small orifice at the tip of the lower cone is a thin strip of red that resembles the kite flying up above.</p>
Salvador Dalí
Les désirs inassouvis (Unsatisfied Desires), 1928

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Les désirs inassouvis (Unsatisfied Desires)
Artist name
Salvador Dalí
Date created
1928
Classification
painting
Medium
oil, sand, and seashells on board
Dimensions
30 in. x 24 1/2 in. (76.2 cm x 62.23 cm)
Date Acquired
1992
Credit
Fractional gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
Copyright
© Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/92.251
Artwork Status
Not on view at this time.

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