Monday, May 11, 2009

Salvador Dali

Born today (May 11) in 1904 the notorious Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
Love him or hate him, Dali's genius, originality and talent are undeniable.

Dali. 1939

'You may be sure that the famous soft watches of Salvador Dali are nothing other than the tender, extravagant, solitary paranoiac-critical camembert of time and space.'

'The Dream' by Dali. 1932

'Dali is like a man who hesitates (and whose future will show that he did not hesitate) between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue. He is one of those who arrive from so far away that one barely has time to see them enter - only exit. He takes his place without saying a word in a system of interferences.'

...'The art of Dali, the most hallucinatory known until now, constitutes a real menace. Absolutely new and visibly malintentioned beings hereupon enter into play. It is with a real sinister joy that we watch them pass by unhindered, and realise, from the way in which they multiply and swoop down, that they are beings of prey.'
Andre Breton 1929

Dali with cats.
Photo c.1948

'You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.'
Salvador Dali

1 comment:

Bucca said...

What a fantastio post - I love the surrealist style it's so fascinating and creative.


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