In the artistic work of Salvador Dali, it is possible to discover numerous sporting elements incorporated almost exclusively in the presurrealist and surrealist periods.
Dali’s affection for cycling is reflected in some of his pictorial works. In several of them, he represents a horde of cyclists, riding in various directions in a perspective of great depth ; the
cyclists — all bearded — carry different objects on their heads : round stones in “Illuminated Pleasures” (1929), long loaves of bread in “Babaouo” (1932), heavy stones that hold down the
ends of an ample wedding veil in the decor for the ballet “Sentimental Conversation” (1944) and strange tubers in “Surrealistic Gondola on Burning Bicycles” (1934). In other canvases — “The
Little Theatre” (1934), “Medium-paranoiac Image” (1935), “Perspectives” (1936), or “Hollywood” (1967) — it is possible also to observe among the characters a few cyclists crossing the
scene. In 1959, Dali painted one of the twentythree official postcards for the Tour de France.