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Unsatisfied Desires... By Salvador Dali

Updated: Jun 2


Desire-satisfaction theories state that a person's well-being is determined by whether that person's desires are satisfied.

The Unsatisfied Desires By Salvador Dali emphasizes the idea that "Desires are the drivers of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors".


Unsatisfied Desires


Understanding the underlying Desires of our needs, wants and behaviors helps us understand how we make our choices in life.

There are four basic Desires that define us as humans: Power, Attraction, Comfort, and Play.

If desire is the driver of human life, controlling desires is essential to make life more pleasant or less painful.


All suffering can be framed in terms of desire. If the unsatisfied desire is painful, so are fear and anxiety, which can be understood in terms of desires about the future, and anger and sadness, which can be understood in terms of desires about the past.


The mid-life crisis is nothing if not a crisis of desire, in which a middle-aged person comes to the realization that their reality does not measure up to their youthful dreams and desires.


Desires constantly arise from within us, only to be replaced by yet more desires. Without this continuous stream of desire, there would no longer be any reason to do anything.


It is the desire that moves us and gives our life direction and meaning. People who lose the ability to have a desire suffer boredom and a chronic crisis of depression.


Unsatisfied Desires... Dialogue On The Beach!


From 1927 Dali's work became increasingly influenced by Surrealism, Dali's works featured many elements that were to become characteristic of his Surrealist period including dreamlike images, precise draftsmanship, idiosyncratic iconography, and lighting, and landscapes strongly evocative of his native Catalonia.


Influenced by his reading of Freud, Dali increasingly introduced suggestive sexual symbolism into his work.


In 1928 Dali submitted "Dialogue on the Beach (Unsatisfied Desires)" to the Barcelona Autumn Salon.

The Unsatisfied Desires painting was rejected as "it was not fit to be exhibited in any gallery habitually visited by the numerous public little prepared for certain surprises."


Salvador Dali, “Unsatisfied Desires”, 1928
Salvador Dali, “Unsatisfied Desires”, 1928


With a small color palette and a loose composition Dali created the painting he named unsatisfied desires. with a primitive work with light and technique, the painting will not hold a viewer's eyes from the first glamp.


At the top of the canvas, we can see a small red kite fly high with its long tails connected to nothing. In the foreground, there are two figures. The one on the left is a pink hand with a finger pointing downwards and the pinky extended to the right. The one on the right consisted of two soft cones, with a small red stick protruding from the bottom cone. Both figures sit in what looks like crushed shells.


Having a closer look at the details, actually, the left subject is about a hand, Dali painted a five-fingered hand with a vaginal opening in-between the thumb and the forefinger, the pinky finger has hairy knuckles and is extending like an erection.


The figure on the right resembles a pair of breasts, and a small stick comes from one of them.

The general interpretation of the "Dialogue on the Beach (Unsatisfied Desires)" artwork is that a person's well-being is determined by whether that person's desires are satisfied.

Understanding the underlying Desires of a human being could help us to analyze how he would behave to satisfy these desires.


The Unsatisfied Desires By Salvador Dali emphasizes the idea that "Desires are the drivers of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors".


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