Here you are some curiosities and 5-mins informations about Salvador Dalì, one of the most famous artists of the History of Art, well known for his extravagance and for his deep art.
-He was born in 1904 in Spain.
-His real full name was Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalì Domènech de Pùbol. He takes the name “Salvador” from the elder brother, who died exactly 9 months before his birth. For this reason he is convinced that he is the reincarnation of his brother.
-The psychiatric illnesses of his mother, uncle and grandfather disrupt his life, so much so that he fears he will go crazy already in adolescence. This phobia, however, will be his main source of inspiration.
-His extravagance certainly does not show great self-esteem; instead, he tries to mask his psychological frailty, which only Gala, the woman of his life, will be able to alleviate. This woman was so important to him that he tried to commit suicide multiple times after her death.
–Sexuality is another extravagant point of Dalì: he cannot immediately approach the other sex, and finds fulfillment only in masturbation (a theme he talks about very often).
-The surrealists do not like him a lot, since Dal was more oriented towards right-wing ideas, and sympathized with the monarchy and the aristocracy.
–Dali was a spendthrift: thanks to his talent and fame he managed to live comfortably, together with his wife. He managed to accumulate a huge wealth also thanks to the “fake market”, signing canvases and drawings not made by him.
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DID YOU KNOW…
… how the famous “melting clocks” were born?
I’m sure you all know “Persistence of Memory”, one of the most famous oil paintings of Salvador Dalì. If you don’t know what i’m talking about, here you are a clue: melting clocks. You got it now?
The three dials of the soft clocks each mark a different time, while ants swarm over a nearby metal pocket clock. The quadrants and the ants (well-known symbol of decadence) allude to the passing of time and death.
According to some art historians, soft clocks could be an unconscious reference to Einstein’s theory of relativity, according to which time is a relative variable, thus undermining the belief in a permanent cosmic order.
Dalì denied, however, any relationship of the objects with physical theories, stating that the watches were indeed inspired by an occasion in which he was struck by the vision of melted cheese:
“To complete the dinner we had eaten some very strong Camembert and, after everyone had gone, I sat at the table for a long time, meditating on the philosophical problem of hyper-softness posed by that cheese.”
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