The Lugubrious Game

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The Lugubrious Game
ArtistSalvador Dalí
Typeoil and collage on cardboard
Dimensions44.4 cm × 30.3 cm (17.5 in × 11.9 in)
Locationprivate collection

The Lugubrious Game (or The Mournful Game) is a part oil painting and part collage on cardboard artwork created by Salvador Dalí in 1929. It displays references to feces (in the form of a man wearing soiled underpants), sexual desire, castration and alludes to the "safety" of masturbation[citation needed]. The name of the painting was given by poet, Paul Éluard.


In 1929, several Surrealists including Paul Éluard and his wife Gala were visiting Dalí at his home in Spain. Upon seeing the Surrealist style painting, they were intrigued by it, which led to Dalí becoming an official member of the movement.

The painting was the subject of an analysis by Georges Bataille for Documents issue no. 7.[1]


  1. ^ Bataille, Georges (December 1929). "The Lugubrious Game". Art Theory.