Dali, The Great Masturbator
© Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Fundacio, DACS, London 2010
The Great Masturbator (1929)
At the same time as he was working on Un Chien Andalou, Dali embarked upon a golden period of creativity that cemented his reputation as a leading avant-garde painter.
The Great Masturbator is perhaps his first great masterpiece, encapsulating many of his obsessions such as masturbation, castration and Freudian dream logic. The enormous central face is a self-portrait. Clamped to his mouth is a huge locust, an insect which had terrified Dali since he was a young boy.