In Dalí's painting, he depicts the figure of Narcissus on the left side of the canvas crouched by a lake, with his head resting on his knee, and a stone hand clutching an egg mirroring the shape of his body on the right. From out of the cracked egg, a narcissus flower sprouts. In the mid-ground of the painting stand a group of Narcissus's rejected suitors. Among the mountains in the background rests a third Narcissus figure.
Metamorphosis of Narcissus differs from Dalí's other double-image paintings, in which there are multiple images hidden in one, because Narcissus's figure is doubled in the stone hand.