Salvador Dali Museum


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Eggs on the Plate without the Plate

Date: 1932
Material Used: Oil on canvas
Size: 23 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches

The absurd title of this work is a clue to the irrational nature of the world presented in the canvas, where unusual still-life objects pull the viewer’s eye to the unnaturally glowing sky. As a Surrealist, Dali was open to making dreamlike associations, and his comments about this work demonstrate the source of its imagery.

The most startling assertion is that Eggs on the Plate… was inspired by an “intra-uterine memory.” According to the artist, he remembered his existence in the womb “as though it was yesterday.” All his pleasure was in his eyes, he said, and the most splendid vision he had while in the womb was that of “a pair of eggs fried in a pan without a pan.” In the painting, Dali has reproduced this vision and the colors he saw: “red, orange, yellow, and bluish, the color of flames.” Above the two fried eggs on a plate, a third egg dangles, suspended on a string. This resembles an embryo, which we can assume is the artist’s self-portrait in the womb, the string doubling as his umbilical cord, which connects him to his mother.

Dali made another unexpected association with the two fried eggs on the plate. He wanted to pay homage to his beloved Gala, but instead of a conventional portrait, he chose to depict the two egg yolks on the plate with a passion that suggested two staring eyes. Gala inspired many Surrealists. Her power resided in her gaze, which her first husband Paul Éluard described as so intense “…it could pierce walls.” In this work, the two eggs stare at us like Gala’s eyes, a surreal tribute to her power.

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