A rider named Death by Salvador Dali

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.

A rider named Death by Salvador Dali

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.

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