The Hallucinogenic Toreador (1968–1970) is an oil painting. Salvador Dalí painted it in 1970, following the canons of his particular interpretation of surrealist thought. It is currently being exhibited at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. In this piece, Dali transmits his wife’s dislike for bullfighting. By combining symbolism with optical illusions and estranging yet familiar motifs, he creates his own visual language.
This painting, Adolescence, by Salvador Dali features the young Dalí with his beloved nurse, Lucia. Her head and back are also the nose and mouth that, combined with the eyes in the hills, complete the paranoiac-critical face. The face might be Gala, with whom Dalí was becoming more and more infatuated at that time. Dalí loved his nurse very much so there is a symbolic reason to use her figure as the completing elements of Gala’s face.
This painting was stolen at gunpoint from Scheringa Museum for Realism in Spanbroek, Netherlands in 2009 and is still missing.
Taken from http://deskarati.com/2012/09/18/adolescence/