Salvador Dali’s oil on canvas painting, “The Hallucinogenic Toreador,” is a large surrealist masterpiece that was created in 1969-1970. The painting measures 157 x 118 inches and is currently being exhibited at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL.
At first glance, the painting appears to be a bullfighting arena with a prominent image of a female face on the left corner. The woman in the picture is Gala, Dali’s wife and muse, who loathed bullfighting. The Venus de Milo stands tall on the right-hand side of this painting – an accidental double image arising from a common box of Venus de Milo-brand coloring pencils.
Dali inserted many elements and symbols into this painting intending to depict how he perceives things. The artwork has been broadly thought of as one of his most ambitious double image paintings completed during his late period. Detailed analysis for inspiration can pitch its relation to philosophy or psychoanalysis since it includes multiple surrealism techniques.
Overall, “The Hallucinogenic Toreador” perfectly showcases Salvador Dali’s art style by combining vivid colors with intricate details such exhibiting hallucination-like figures and shapes providing viewers with somewhat ‘out-of-this-world’ experience if scrutinized enough.