Dalí for Argillet | Tauromachie Surréaliste

Dali admitted that one other living artist...

was his equal: Pablo Picasso. The Tauromachie Surrealiste set was made by Dali as both a sign of respect, and a gentle poke in the ribs. Though Picasso enjoyed the violence of the bullfight, Dali did not, and in this set has removed any feeling of danger or aura of imminent death. There is one possibly dead, certainly injured, bull. But lying against a beautiful snow covered blue background, and being carried from the arena in a grand piano, it’s far from grim. And we’re a bit to amused/surprised by the entrance of a giraffe in ‘Giraffe on Fire” to be overly concerned that its main is ablaze. By creating a bullfight as surreal “circus,” Dali has not only created something unique, he has taken a subject usually frenetic with thoughts of imminent mortality, and rendered it humorous and innocent.

Documentation & Edition Details

Surrealist Bullfight/Tauromachie Surrealiste Released by Argillet, Paris. 1966-1967. A portfolio of 7 hand-colored heliogravures reworked with drypoint etching, with stenciled colors. 1-150 on Arches paper, hand-colored I-C on Japanese paper, hand-colored and proofs. Image size: 12.5 x 16.25 in. 31.8 x 41.3 cm Reference: Michler/Lopsinger 154-160. Printed at Maeght, Paris, Provenance of examples purchased: Salvador Dali/Pierre Argillet to the Argillet family to SHFA to you. The work you receive has been archivally stored, in Paris, for 47 years, and is in untouched condition.

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