The Hallucinogenic Toreador, One of Dalí’s Most Acclaimed Pieces
Dalí’s inspiration for the subject of the painting was his wife. She loathed the idea of bull fighting, and Dalí used her hate as the basis for his painting. Using the paranoiac critical technique, he combined optical illusion, motifs, and symbolism. Once the oil painting was completed, it was time to share his unusual way of thinking with others.
The Hallucinogenic Toreador and How it Amazed People?
Have you ever seen a bullfighting ring in real life? Perhaps, you have seen it in a movie or cartoon. If you really want to see a realistic depiction of a bullfighting ring, look no further than Dalí’s oil painting.
Since he used his wife’s hate for the sport of bull fighting, he drew her picture in the upper left corner of the painting. Her expression in the small portrait is rigid to show her hatred towards the sport. Every element of the oil painting is drawn inside a bullfighting ring. Through his painting, he also wanted to honor the Spanish flag. Hence, he ended up using yellow and red tones throughout the painting.
When the Painting Really Baffles You?
Those aspects of the painting do not stop the viewer dead in their tracks. It is the exaggerated version of blood and saliva dripping from the bull’s head that lies dying on the ground. In order for the viewer to look at the head as soon as they view the painting, Dalí drew a pattern of different colors, which force you to look down to see the bull’s agony. In front of your eyes, you see the blood transform into a bay. From the bay, arises a human sitting on a yellow colored raft. Below the bay, a visible outline of a Dalmatian appears.
The Peculiarity of the Painting Continues
However, that is not all, there’s more. The bull gradually transforms into the landscapes of Cap de Creus, which is where the painter resided with his wife. It is speculated that Dalí wanted to increase tourism in the area so he decided to paint the surroundings of the place he called home.
All the aspects of Dalí’s painting amazed people, as it was unlike any other painting they had ever come across. To this day, the Hallucinogenic Toreador attracts several visitors that come around from all over the world to look at it.
You can view the painting at Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is dedicated to the work of Dalí and you will find plenty of his other thought provoking pieces on display.