Salvador Dali that is. Not Johanna Hatcher who is guest blogger for this post. She is actually really awesome. Enjoy!
Salvador Dali. When I hear that name it conjures up images of someone who’s a bit loopy, a little nutty and a tad wacky. But when it comes to Dali, he’s all these things in their best forms.
He once said “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”
Of course you are Salvador, of course you are.
Born in the early 1900s, Dali was an artist known for his surrealist work. In his early childhood, Dali was no stranger to death, something which heavily influenced his later paintings. His brother, also named Salvador, died before he was born. Dali was later told by his parents that he was, in fact the reincarnation of his brother. When he was 16, Dali’s mother died of breast cancer. This had a profound impact him. He described it as “the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her… I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul.”
When it came to his art, after passing through phases of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical painting, he joined the Surrealists in 1929.
This was also the year he met his lifelong and primary muse, inspiration, and future wife Gala Dali.
Much of Dali’s work dwelled in a ‘dream space’ and he described his art as hand-painted dream photographs.
His work also had religious or sexual themes.
Dali also had a great talent for self-publicity, which rapidly made him the most famous representative of the surrealism movement.
He also made no attempt at hiding his eccentricities. He once attended the opening of the London Surrealist exhibition in 1936 in a deep-sea diving suit and helmet, claiming it was the source of his creative energy. He said he wanted to show that he was “plunging deeply into the human mind”.
Another infamous moment happened when Dali was attending the premiere screening of Joseph Cornell’s film Rose Hobart. Halfway through the film, Dali jumped up in a rage, knocking over the projector and claiming that the themes featured in the film had in fact been “stolen from my subconscious!” or “Stolen from my dreams!”
Perhaps one of Dali’s most famous trademarks (and what I believe to be the true source of his creative genius) was his moustache. See this wonderfully crafted facial artwork…
If you wish to see Dali and his incredibly intriguing mannerisms, watch these:
Dali’s eccentric persona, combined with his unique artistic style and limitless imagination, makes him a truly legendary character of history.
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