Surrealistic Bullfight - Burning Giraffe
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Surrealistic Bullfight – Burning Giraffe

Salvador Dali
Burning Giraffe
From the Surrealistic Bullfight Suite
Image Size: 20″ x 26″
Impression LXXVI/C on Japon

Inspired by Picasso’s “Tauromachie”, these etchings epitomize
Dali’s style with their burlesque touches. Bishops seen blessing
macabre parades, a bull ends up in a grand piano, while a
hallucinogenic matador, like a sad clown, gazes at the audience.
Also, parrots and fish turn into toreadors, while a burning giraffe, a
lion and a statue stand in the arena. Lastly, a huge monster coming
out of a television set devours the entire scene.

The “Surrealist Bullfight” is seen as a ghoulish, delirious farce which
is a Catalan theme revisited by Picasso, then “dalinized”.

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Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age Dalí was encouraged to practice his art, and he would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí's first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.