Salvador Dalí

Instrument masochiste (Masochistic Instrument)

Instrument masochiste (Masochistic Instrument) by Salvador Dalí

Artwork Detail

The Spanish Catalan painter Salvador Dali was a draughtsman, illustrator, sculptor, writer and film maker, and one of the most prolific artists of 20th century. Famous for his fantastic imagery and flamboyant personality, Dalí was a major figure in the Surrealist movement, led by André Breton. Instrument masochiste has appeared in a number of major international exhibitions. It contains motifs that reappear throughout Dalí’s career, including the human body and the ‘melting’ violin. The painting refers to his ongoing obsessions regarding desire and the dark nature of dreams. The Auckland Art Gallery has one etching and associated materials by Dalí.

Instrument masochiste (Masochistic Instrument)
Salvador Dalí
Production date
oil on canvas
621 x 477 x 21 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Julian and Josie Robertson through the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, 2023
Accession no
Other ID
X2009/12/15 Former Exhibition Number
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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