(May 11, 1904 - Jan 23, 1989)
waxed moustache, purple cape and cane.
hand-painted dream photographs.
materializing the images of his concrete irrationality with the most imperialist fury of precision.
systematizing confusion and thus helping discredit completely the world of reality.
"a fish swimming between the cold water of art and the warm water of science."
scientific rigour and precision.
"men should acquaint themselves with all aspects of knowledge."
divine mysteries might be unlocked through science and then represented on canvas.
elaborate personal facade; repertoire of symbols.
displays of power, either by authorities or of his own.
a self-absorbed, often cruel child who enjoyed exhibitionism and voyeurism. (The Secret Life of S. Dalí)
flamboyant flirtations with dadaism and other revisionary artistic movements with social upheaval.
paranoiac-critical method: hallucinate freely.
not only the images in the paintings, but the importance of the process that brought them about.
an eminently theatrical painter.
"the only difference between me and a madman is the fact that I am not mad."
"all those manifestations, concrete and irrational, of that sensational and obscure world discovered by Freud, reaching to the most profound and vital roots of the human spirit."
impossible not to admire this painter as writer.
died with books of science at his bedside.
"solid, sharp…with long perspectives and black shadows." - A. Hitchcock
"The young Spaniard…with his candid, fanatical eyes and unquestionable technical skill has made me reconsider my opinion." - S. Freud
If we take into account the idiosyncrasy of Dalí, then perhaps I ought to recommend you not to follow a preconceived route. This blog does not have, nor does it wish to have, any systematic function nor chronological sense.