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The Hallucinogenic Toreador  by Salvador Dali (1968-1970) | by Simon Downham
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The Hallucinogenic Toreador by Salvador Dali (1968-1970)

Replications of the Venus de Milo appear 28 times in this painting.

There is an optical illusion - a toreador (man's face is just about discernable).

Among other things, it symbolises his wifes disapproval of the Spanish tradition of bull fighting.

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Just visible through the window is the boat that is a memorial to Gala after her death, It is part of a large visual pun, that will appear in later images.


Dali was a contraversial character who was known for his egotism and immoral behaviour, as well as his eccentric charm. Some of his artistic works reflect his questionable attitudes and are offensive to many. These images are ones that I personally, choose not to admire or reproduce. However, I do appreciate many of his art works and how they contribute to the richness of our human experience.

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Taken on August 18, 2012