I just can't resist but post it in this thread..
The Great Masturbator (1929) is a painting by Salvador DalĂ* executed during the surrealist epoch, and is currently displayed at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofĂ*a, Madrid.
The center of the painting has a distorted human face in profile looking downwards, based on the shape of a natural rock formation along the sea-shore of Catalonia. A similar profile is seen in DalĂ*'s more famous painting of two years later, The Persistence of Memory. A nude female figure (resembling DalĂ*'s then new muse, Gala) rises from the back of the head; this may be the masturbatory fantasy suggested by the title. The woman's mouth is near a thinly-clad male crotch, a suggestion that fellatio may take place. The male figure seen only from the waist down has bleeding fresh cuts on his knees. Below the central profile head, on its mouth, is a locust, an insect which DalĂ* had an irrational fear of. (The insect has sometimes been misidentified as a grasshopper due to poor translations of DalĂ*'s early writings.)
The painting represents DalĂ*'s severely conflicted attitudes towards sexual intercourse. In DalĂ*'s youth, his father had left out a book with explicit photos of people suffering from advanced untreated venereal diseases to "educate" the boy. The photos of grotesquely damaged diseased genitalia fascinated and horrified young DalĂ*, and he continued to associate sex with putrification and decay into his adulthood.
DalĂ* kept the painting in his personal collection, displayed at the DalĂ* Theatre and Museum in Figueres, willing it to the national collection of Spain upon his death, when it was removed to Madrid museum.