Sunday Dalí: The Rotting Donkey, 1928. Oil, sand, and gravel on panel, 61 cm x 50 cm. Musée national d’Art moderne, Paris.
Dalí was clearly influenced by the paintings of André Masson, who also was using sand as a medium during the late 1920s. However, this painting also features a clear departure from the early surrealist work in that it does not involve automatism, which was still the prevailing guiding principle at the time. Dalí was influenced by Miró, Arp, and most prominently, Picasso to create the nebulous central character.
The donkey is nibbling at the central character’s leg. Flies surround its decaying head.