The painting “Rider named Death” was written in 1934. It contains images typical of the works of Dali, dated by the same time. A rainbow cutting through thick clouds appears also in “In the Rainbow and the Ghost.” In the foreground is a ghost. The tower in the background can also be found in other paintings, such as “Sleep is approaching.” Dali said that this tower is a sexual symbol, since it is associated with many of its long erotic dreams.
The tower is hidden from view behind thick cypress trees. Cypresses also appear in many Dali paintings dating back to the early to mid-thirties, their significance also rooted in Dali’s childhood memories.
In his works, a rider is often found, although here he is depicted as a skeleton, while on horseback flesh is preserved here and there.