Surrealistic Painting: The Lugubrious Game By Salvador Dali

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In this essay, I will analysis Dali’s surrealistic paintings The Lugubrious Game first, then I will argue why the painting is in surrealism style. Finally, I will explain why I am interested in the painting and my opinion about the painting.

The Lugubrious Game is Salvador Dali’s early work which was painted in the summer of 1929. The title of the painting was suggested by Paul Éluard. Bataille agreed that the title “can be taken as an explicit pointer to the meaning of the painting, which presents castration and the conflicting reactions to it in great detail and with extraordinary expressive power.” The work was exhibited in Dali’s first solo exhibition in Paris at the Galerie Goemans on 20 November 1929. The dimensions of the painting
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It likely shows that this statue illustrates the shame of Dali connecting with masturbation. In other words, the gesture which means opening himself/herself to eroticism and sexuality. Its left is a gigantic outstretched hand. This shows Dali’s painting style—quoting some parts of classical paintings to form his own painting. The Lugubrious Game is one of the examples. This painting quotes from Titian’s Worship of the Goddess of Love, an oil painted around 1518-19. The figure on the right of the original work was the goddess of love, Venus, is transferred to the left in the Lugubrious Game. The hand holding a container containing some apples offered by cupids, which has been transformed into a huge hand that holding nothing in The Lugubrious Game. Another hand…show more content…
His eyes closed and a huge grasshopper attaching in his mouth. The grasshopper was identified by Dali as a terrific element since he was scared by grasshopper and teased by his schoolfellows when he was young. Grasshopper become an extreme terror object to him from his childhood. The representation of horror in Dali’s paintings can be possibly explained by Sigmund Freud in The Interpretation of Dream as Freud had a greater influence on Dali at that period. According to Freud, the grasshopper is a “thèmes-objet” (object-motifs) representing the images in the dreams as condensed messages from the subconscious flow. It is illustrated the terrors of infancy. As a result, it is plausible that grasshopper represents the terror of childhood in The Lugubrious Game. Also, it probably associated with Dali’s fear about his father in his childhood. Furthermore, the grasshopper attaching to the month and this result in the absence of mouth and teeth. These are the common symbols in Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams. They referred to the thought of lack of power and speechlessness.

At the top-right of Dali’s sleeping head, there is a hand holding a cigarette. There is another red cleft which referring to the sexual meaning. Near the sleeping head, there is a groping hand which also bearing sexual connotations. The neck of the head is a sequence of curvilinear. Mass images under the neck that is hard to analysis all the elements on by

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