Surrealistic Bullfight – Piano Under the Snow
Piano Under Snow
Suite: Surrealistic Bullfight
Dimensions: 20″ x 26″
Medium: Original etching
Edition Number: LXXXVI/C on Japon
Tirage: Suite of 7 original drypoint etchings. Completed between
1966 – 1967. Numbered 1 – 150 on Arches and I – C on Japanese
Triad Art Group
Jean Christophe Argillet, by succession
Musee du Surréalisme, Melun, France
Pierre & Genevieve Argillet, Publishers
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.
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.