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Salvador Dalí Poster

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Overview (5)

Born in Figueres, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Died in Figueres, Girona, Catalonia, Spain  (heart disease and pneumonia)
Birth NameSalvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech
Nickname Avida Dollars
Height 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Surrealist-turned-catholic painter Dalí worked on various movies as well. While a member of the French surrealist group, he co-wrote Un Chien Andalou (1929) and L'Age d'Or (1930) with Luis Buñuel. The latter may have marked the beginning of a long-lasting quarrel with the surrealists when Dalí did not agree on Buñuel's anti-clericalism. While Dalí's painting style became increasingly conventional, he worked on projects with Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock, for whom he wrote the dream sequence of Spellbound (1945). Plans on a movie with the Marx Brothers were dropped. The money Dalí earned in Hollywood and elsewhere, along with his racism and his fascination for Europe's fascist dictators, put an end to his relations with the (at that time mostly trotskyist) surrealists, whose leading figure André Breton since nicknamed Dalí "Avida Dollars" (anagram).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lutz van Hasselt <willwink@pool.informatik.rwth-aachen.de>

Spouse (1)

Gala Dalí (30 January 1934 - 10 June 1982) ( her death)

Trade Mark (3)

His moustache
Surrealist paintings often featuring things such as melting clocks
Ornate walking stick

Trivia (15)

Born at 8:45am-UT
A business developer, in total seriousness, approached Dalí with the intention to start a chain of lunch shops decorated with his artwork, and call the chain "Dalícatessen". Dalí responded by calling the business developer a "madman", and refused to accept any further offers.
Early in his life, Dalí was an admirer of the painter Pablo Picasso and based several of his early paintings on Picasso's cubist style.
He is mentioned in the song "Big Wedge" by former Marillion singer Fish, a UK Top 40 single from 1990. He is also mentioned in the song "Was It All Worth It?" by Queen, a track from their 1989 album "The Miracle".
In 1945, he signed on with Walt Disney to assist in the development of a film to be entitled "Destino". The film project was cancelled with only 15 seconds of animation completed. The film was finally completed and released in 2003.
Was a student and later collaborator with Luis Buñuel. Met at the School of Fine Arts in Madrid.
Had a relationship with Amanda Lear.
He included his wife, Gala Dalí, as a central character in many of his paintings.
He had an older brother also named Salvador Dalí (October 12, 1901-August 1, 1903)that died at the young age of 1 year and 9 months, from gastroenteritis. Consumed with pain, Dalí's parents wasted no time in begetting another child. He was born nine months later and was named after his brother. This deceased brother was a ghost rival of Dalí's throughout his childhood and was a disturbing influence in his psychological make-up. He grew up under the feeling that the first Salvador Dalí was the real one and he a mere forgery.
In 1923, in Madrid, at the Residencia de Estudiantes, Dalí met the poet Federico García Lorca who promptly fell in love with him. A close and passionate friendship developed in the following years. In the summer of 1927 Lorca twice tried physical intimacy with a somewhat complacent Dalí. He, nevertheless, became fearful of the homo-erotic aspects of the friendship and distanced himself of Lorca in 1928.
In a relatively recent retrospective at the Tate Modern in Britain, a panel declared that Salvador Dali had designed the Tarot Cards in "Let Live and Let Die".
Was involved with Jadorowsky's unsuccessful attempt to adapt the novel "Dune" to the screen. Dali would have played Emperor Shaddam IV. Another surreal artist, H. R. Giger, was also involved in the project.
Inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class) in the category Music & Arts.
According to one Documentary, Dali liked to mythologise about his past, saying for instance that he had handed his Father a small pouch and said "There, now I have repaid everything I owe you". The Documentarian, hearing it at second hand, dismissed this anecdote as "impossible".
Giraffes on Horseback Salad, Dalí's treatment for a Marx Brothers movie, was adapted into a graphic novel in March 2019 by Josh Frank, Tim Heidecker, and Manuela Pertega.

Personal Quotes (13)

[when asked if he took drugs] I do not DO drugs. I AM drugs!
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
The only difference between a madman and me is that I am not mad.
Do you know . . . ? Every day, I see new things in the shape of stones.
I do not understand why man should be capable of so little fantasy.
[when asked what was his destiny] To become classic!
I'm in a permanent state of intellectual erection.
Beauty is but the conscious sum of all our perversions.
Take me, I am the drug. Take me, I am the hallucinogenic.
What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.
Everything leads me to think that, in the near future, reality will be considered exclusively as a mere state of depression and inactivity of the mind.
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.

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