Apparatus and Hand

Apparatus and Hand
Artist Salvador Dalí
Year 1927
Medium Oil on panel
Location Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida
Dimensions 24 in × 18.7 in
62 cm × 47.5 cm
Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
The Persistence of Memory, 1931
The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, 1952-1954
The Face of War, 1940
The Ecumenical Council, 1960
Landscape Near Figueras, 1910
Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951
Lobster Telephone, 1936
Swans Reflecting Elephants, 1937
Apparatus and Hand, 1927
The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, 1959
Morphological Echo, 1934-36
The First Days of Spring, 1929

The painting Apparatus and Hand was painted by Salvador Dalí in the year 1927. This is an oil on panel which is a clear example of the Surrealistic style, for which Dalí was very famous for. This is basically a depiction of a geometric shape made of triangles and cones, out of which one can see a red hand coming out from the top part. Around this shape one can see a number of nude women and torsos on a light blue background. On the left one can see a donkey on its hind legs with several flies on him. This is regarded as an indication that ultimately even the apparatus is bound to degrade and decompose in time, just like any other creature.

Artistic Techniques

The hand that comes out from the shape is essentially an indication of Onanism. The female figures represent erotic thoughts from the apparatus. This was all inspired by the Freudian period of that time.

2 responses to “Apparatus and Hand”

  1. Robert says:

    great simple article that well summarize the painting itself

  2. Stephen Suttle says:

    There are prints of this painting.
    I was told that Dali did not approve the
    prints. Is this true?

    Thank you for your help

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