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.
Suite of 7 original etchings reworked in drypoint, and-colored. Published in 1966-1967. 20 x 26 inches. I – C on Japanese paper, 1 – 150 on Arches teinte