Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Salvador Dalí
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Dali happens to be one of my favorite artists.

Apart from being an incredibly creative & skilled painter he was also well known for his eccentricities,megalomania and peccadilloes. He was also very witty and clever.
Here is a Gem:
Dali used to proclaim repeatedly that nothing that occurs in the Universe will ever astonish him.
Not being able to stand this boasting any longer one of his friends asks him “Nothing at all astonishes you! .

All right. Let us imagine something. It is now mid night and on the horizon a vague light begins to appear, heralding the dawn.

You are looking intensely,and all of a sudden you see the sun come up. At midnight! Would that not at least astonish you?”
“No” says Dali, “That would not astonish me in the slightest.”
The friend exclaims ” Well, I would be astonished! And so much so that I think I had gone mad.”

To which Dali comes up with this classic quip :
" With me it is the opposite! I should think it was the sun which has gone mad!!”
Of such lateral thinking skills geniuses are made of.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Birth name- Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech
Born- May 11, 1904(1904-05-11)
Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Died -January 23, 1989 (aged 84)Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Writing
Training- San Fernando School of Fine Arts, Madrid
Movement- Cubism, Dada, Surrealism

The Persistence of Memory (1931)Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment, (1935)
Swans Reflecting Elephants (1937)Ballerina in a Death's Head (1939)The Temptation of St. Anthony (1946)Galatea of the Spheres (1952)

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989) was a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters.[1][2] His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931.
Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes" to a self-styled "Arab lineage," claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.

Dalí was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior, in order to draw attention to himself. This sometimes irked those who loved his art as much as it annoyed his critics, since his eccentric manner sometimes drew more public attention than his artwork.

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