Surrealist Bullfight – Bullfight with Parrots

Salvador Dalí
Surrealist Bullfight – Bullfight with Parrots.
Published in 1966-1967.
Hand-colored etching on Japon paper.
Signed Dali and numbered at the lower margins.

Surrealist Bullfight- A suite of 7 original etchings reworked in drypoint, and-colored. Inspired from Picasso’s “Tauromachie”, these etchings epitomize Dali’s style with their burlesque touches. Bishops are seen blessing macabre parades, where the bull ends up in a grand piano, while a hallucinogenic matador, like a sad clown, gazes at the audience. Parrots and fish turn into toreadors, while a burning giraffe, a lion, or a statue stand in the arena. Lastly, a huge monster coming out of a television set devours the whole scene. A Catalan theme revisited by Picasso, then “Dalinized”, the “Surrealist Bullfight” is seen as a ghoulish, delirious farce. © The Argillet Collection.

Salvador Dali – Off The Wall Gallery Houston, Texas.

Artwork size: 20 x 26 inches. / 51 x 66 cm.
Inv #: AB4455
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