Illumined Pleasures (1929) by Salvador Dali

Illumined Pleasures - Salvador Dali - 1929

Artwork Information

TitleIllumined Pleasures
ArtistSalvador Dali
Mediumcollage,Oil on Board
Dimensions23.8 x 34.7 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
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About Illumined Pleasures

Salvador Dalí’s Illumined Pleasures is a remarkable oil and collage painting, created in 1929. The painting depicts three large theater-like boxes that suggest the disjunctions between illusion and reality experienced in a movie theater. Illumined Pleasures is considered one of Dalí’s densest works-an exceptional example of his skills as a miniaturist painter.

The painting was made during Dalí’s mature period while he was finding his voice as a prominent Surrealist painter in Paris. The size of the work compared with its level of detail reveals how Salvador Dali was capable of compressing many elements into his artwork, showcasing his strong abilities to make intricate designs. Illumined Pleasures is housed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Major themes found within Dali’s artworks include dreams, both conscious and unconscious experiences, sexuality, religion, science perceptiones on this diversity highly influence materials used by artists when undergoing their projects to connect meanings to people throughout history.

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