Happy Birthday Salvador Dali
May 11th 1904 - 1989
One of my all time favorite Artists.
Salvador Dali with Baubu his pet Ocelot
Salvador's work has always captivated me but I sometimes think I'm more captivated by his eccentricities and flamboyant nature especially when it cam to shocking people.
Born in Figueres Spain May 11th 1904
Dali believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother.
His brother died during childbirth just nine months before he was born.
It appears that when Dali was 5 his parents took him to visit his brother’s grave where they told him they believed he was the reincarnation of his deceased brother, a little weird but okay anyway Dali believed that from that day on.
Swans Reflecting Elephants
courtesy of unknown
Gala his wife was aslo Dali's business manager although I'm not sure if this was before or after they were married but apparently they were married in a "city hall" type wedding in 1934 and were remarried again in a Catholic ceremony in 1958.
Photo courtesy of The Red List.
A very young Gala
Courtesy of elcaudecati.blogspot.com.es
The story goes that he bought her a castle in Spain however he himself wasn't allowed to visit her at the castle until after obtaining her permission in writing.
Although he's primarily known for painting he was also knowledgeable in sculpting, photography and Drafting - never knew he was into photography.
THE PHONE with Lobster
A collaboration by Dali and Edward James in 1936 only four copies exist.
Photo Courtesy of The Guardian.com
Sometime during the 1940's Dali dedicated a lot of his time to creating with a variety of materials and designed jewelry, clothes, furniture, stage sets for plays and ballet including display windows for retail stores.
At one retail store the story goes that he became so enraged with work he didn't authorize that he shoved a a decorative bathtub through the glass window... Oopsie.
Lips with Pearl Teeth courtesy of the Curated Object.
The Butterfly Boat
courtesy of Salvador Dali Org.
Dali for Mc Call's Magazine
Here a few example of those "shockers" ...
This is one of my favorite pics of Dali with his wife Gala.
Photo courtesy of unknown
One if not his most recognized paintings:
The Persistence of Memory...
Photo courtesy of All That Is Interesting.
Dali continued to paint her as they both aged, producing sympathetic and adoring images of his muse.
I'm not sure where I learned this but they had an open marriage which must have been true because it justifies this statement.
Gala seemed to tolerate Dali's alliances with younger muses, secure in her own position as his primary relationship.
Did you see the detail of this pic? He's painting on her forehead Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair.
One of his early works
Photo courtesy of Salvador Dali Org
The Sardana of the Witches.
Photo courtesy of Salvador-Dali.Org
Photo courtesy of Salvador-Dali.Org
And this pick is one of my all time faves of Dali with Yves Saint Laurent.
Photo courtesy of unknown.
The Woman with the Head of Roses.
Courtesy of Salvador-Dali.org
Lastly here is Dali photographed with another great...
courtesy of The Swinging Sixties
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