Dali has never ceased to fascinate us, and today, many years after his death, his name still resonates. Salvador Dali, a major figure in surrealism, impressed people with his playfulness, unusual appearance and eccentric manners. He is mostly remembered for his artworks, and rightly so, but there are a few anecdotes about this genius that you should know too! Artsper has selected a few for you.
1) A real Renaissance man (or jack of all trades), Dali was very interested in cinema. He even made several films such as “An Andalusian Dog” and “The Golden Age”. He also designed the set for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound”.
2) Dali was to Walt Disney, whom he called the “great American surrealist”. In 1946, this mutual admiration led to a cartoon called “Destino” which was finally completed and released in 2003.
3) Salvador Dali designed the logo for Chupa Chups lollipops in 1969 and it is still used today. He advised the founder, who was also a friend, to include the logo on the lollipops in order to increase the consumer’s brand awareness.
4) Dali’s eccentricity and his commercial mind set irrirated members of the art world at the time. Thus André Breton, father of the surrealist movement, nicknamed him “Avida Dollars”, an anagram of the artist’s name. Dali was known for his love of money, a love he had no problem embracing.
5) Amanda Lear, a French model and singer, took painting lessons from Dali during her youth and was one of his greatest muses. She was the protégé of the Dali-Gala couple, and lived with them in their home in Port Lligat. Their relationship lasted more than fifteen years.
6) For the launch of the perfume “Fracas”(meaning crash or clatter) Dali had been commissioned to create an artwork for the shop window. On the day of the launch he showed up empty-handed and simply threw a cobblestone through the shop window
7) Gala, who was Dali’s mistress and then wife, was first married to Paul Eluard, a famous French poet. It was with Paul, her husband at the time, that she visited the famous Dali in his home in Figueras (Spain). They fell in love immediately and got married three years later.The Dali-Gala soon became one of the most legendary couples of the world of art.
9) Since Dali’s death, a rumor has spread that at the end of his life, the artist would give his visitors a blank sheet which he signed and handed to them saying: “Take it, do some Dali and get rich!”