(11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) Salvador Dali was extremely creative, a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. Born in Ctalonia, Spain , Dali was said to be influenced with Renaissance masters of his times.

Dali is famous for his eccentric manner and attention seeking grandiose attitude in public, sometimes his love for the unusual created more headlines than his paintings. He gave credit to an “Arab lineage” for his  “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” No matter what, Dali managed to drive huge attention to himself and his artworks as well. His quotes show the same attitude, some of them are, “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”, “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” and many more….

Something more about ever charming  Dali…

1. Secretaries and their perks

So according to Dali, his secretaries were entitled to commissions, not the pay and it made many of them raking in fortunes.

2. Dali studied when he wanted to study

He said, “none of the professors of the school being competent to judge me, I retire”. Well, he did not appear for his final degree paper but the reasons were also that he wanted to study further in Paris and at the expense of his father….so he just declined to be a graduate.

3. The unused portrait of Lawrence Olivier

By  1955 Dalí had become quite a famous and renowned name in the art.  Sir, Alexander Korda, director of Richard III, wanted to use a portrait of Laurence Olivier for the poster of the movie. Olivier who was playing the title role was shooting in England.  All fine!  But the irony is that the desired poster never emerged. Dalí refused to paint it in England, which he called “the most unpleasant place”, and returned to Spain to complete the portrait. So despite being painted for the movie poster it was never used but came to Olivier ad a gift.

 

6. Dali n  cauliflowers

Dalí was fascinated with cauliflowers and named his liking,  “logarithmic curve”. Talking about his love for cauliflowers, once he  drove  from Spain to with almost 500 kg cauliflower in a lavish Rolls Royce, proclaiming  to an audience of 2,000thatha “everything ends up in the cauliflower!”

 

 

8. I love my friend’s wife

Dalí met his beloved wife, Gala, 10 years older to him and a mother.  Married to Dali’s friend French poet Paul Eluard she remarried Dali in 1929. Interestingly, Eluard diplomatically appeared as one of the witnesses at their wedding.

9.  Gala and Dali

Dalí and Gala were really meant for each other as Dali did everything he could for Gala until her death despite her innumerable extra marital affairs. He bought a castle in Pubol, 50 miles from his home in Port Lligat, for Gala. where Gala entertained her lovers some of them very famous. Dali was given permission to visit her only after a written invitation…as quoted by one of the big magazines of that time.

10. Dali loved paparazzi

Once during his travel to  New York harbour, he wore a life jacket for the entire journey . When greeted by hoards of paparazzi he waved them a two meter-long loaf of bread. Paparazzi was only more amused.

 

Inputs are from  http://www.telegraph.co.uk


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