Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali I Domènech, 1st Marquess of Dalí de Púbol was a Spanish Surrealist artist renowned for his specialized skill, precise draftsmanship, and the extraordinary and unusual pictures in his work.
Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Dalí achieved his formal education in fine arts at Madrid.
Here are top 10 interesting facts about Salvador Dali:
1: Dali believed He Was the Reincarnation of His Dead Brother
Dali’s older brother was born nearly three years before him, who was also named Dali. Dali’s older brother died of a stomach problem nine months before The artist was born. Dali’s parents took his birth shortly after losing their first child to indicate and believed that Dalí was his reincarnation. They took Dali to his brother's grave at the age of 5 and shared their belief of reincarnation with him, which he, too, came to believe.
2: Dali Began Painting When He Was Six
In 1910 Dali was six years old, and he created his earliest known painting which is called ’Landscape of Figueres,’ the painting’s medium is oil on postcard, and it’s about the green hills and mountains backdrop of his Catalonia hometown; the impressionist movement influenced him. The impressive painting shows the artist’s extraordinary, born talented natural at such a young age.
3: Dali Didn't Do Drugs, He Was!
Dali’s unusual behavior and surreal artworks may make you think otherwise, he didn't do any chemical substances to change his mental state. In the early 1930s, he developed something called the paranoiac-critical method To trigger his creativeness.
I Don't do drugs; I’m the drugs.Salvador Dali
This let him access his subconscious and was crucial assistance to the Surrealist movement. One technique that he maintained himself in a dreamlike state contained gazing fixedly at a specific subject until it changed into another form, provoking hallucination.
4: Dali Was Dismissed From Art School (Twice)
The young artist declined to be examined for the Art history final of his grade, explaining, “none of the professors of the school being qualified to judge me, I retire.” Dalí’s motive for leaving was not, however, ideological but practical: he needed to proceed being financially financed by his father, but this would end once he had a degree. Instead, he had a motive to go and study in Paris at his cost.
5: Dali Admired Hitler
Dali was one of the critical symbols in the surrealist movement, and because of the fascination he had for Hitler, the group wasn't happy with him; several artists in the group were communist and weren't pleased with Dali’s fascist compassion, he once said that ” I often dreamed about Hitler as other men dreamed about women.” and he even made a painting that included Hitler, in 1958's “Metamorphosis of Hitler's Face into a Moonlit Landscape with Accompaniment.”
Dali painted the Nazi leader’s portrait as a landscape.
In 1934, André Breton arranged a meeting to attempt and have Dalí dismiss from the Surrealist group, writing “Dalí having been found guilty on various events of counterrevolutionary activities including the adoration of Hitlerian fascism, the undersigned propose that he be eliminated from surrealism as a fascist element and combated by all available means.”
And Of course, Dalí proceeded with his own beliefs, even supporting Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, whom he met several times.
6: Dali Sold Blade of Grass to Yoko Ono for $10,000
Dali’s close friend and muse Amanda Lear recalls how he once deceived Yoko Ono, selling her a blade of grass for $10,000; Ono had requested Dali to sell her a strand of hair from his famous mustache. Because of that, Dali believed Yoko Ono was a witch. She will use it in a spell; he didn't want to send her a personal item, let alone one of his hairs, Lear explained: "So he sent me to the garden to find a dry blade of grass and sent it off in a pretty presentation box, the idiot paid 10,000 dollars for it, it amused him to rip people off."
7: Dali Worked With Disney
Salvador Dali and Disney designer John Hench worked on an animated film together in 1946 called Destino. Dali created countless drawings and twenty-two paintings that Hench then turned into a movie storyboard.
Eight months in, the project stopped due to financial reasons, the film left unfinished, with only fifteen seconds of a demo completed.
Walt Disney’s nephew and long time senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, Roy E. Disney in 1999, choose to start again with the production of Destino. The completed six-minute short was released in 2003 and told the story of a ballerina on a surreal trip through a desert landscape.
8: Dali Designed the Chupa Chups Logo
Dali participated in many commercial works; he created designs for GAP. In a commercial for Lanvin chocolates in 1968, Dali appeared in it, the father of surrealism André Berton gives him the nickname ”Avida Dollars.” or ”eager for Dollars.”
One of his well-known graphic design was for a Spanish lollipop brand Chupa Chups logo in 1969, which is still in use until today.
9: Dali Paid by Making Doodles for the Restaurant He Ate At
What is better than getting doodles from a master, Because of his exaggerated love for money, it is told that during his later years, he created some… strange ways to keep his fortune intact.
One of them was his intelligent way of avoiding to pay at restaurants when having a party or dining with a large group of friends or students; Dali would write a check for the entire meal, but as the waiter was watching him, he quickly makes a drawing at the back of the bill, he knew the owner of the restaurant wouldn't cash the checks as the doodles would be much more profitable.
10: His Iconic Mustache is Still Intact To This Day
In July 2017, Dalí’s body was dug up as part of a paternity suit brought on by a woman named María Pilar Abel Martínez, who insisted on being his daughter. The exhumation verified her false, but it did uncover one surreal discovery: The Spanish artist’s mustache stayed the same. “I was excited to see him, and I was stunned. It was like a miracle, said Narcis Bardalet, who was in charge of embalming Dalí's body. “His mustache appeared at ten past ten exactly, and his hair was intact.”