49 Facts About Salvador Dalí

1. Salvador Dali was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain.

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2. Salvador Dali lived in the shadow of his brother all of his life.

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3. Salvador Dali was born Salvador Dali y Domenech May 11, 1904 as in Figueras, Spain.

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4. Salvador Dali agreed to paint special pictures that were made into puzzles.

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5. From the real to the surreal, Salvador Dali embodied it all.

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6. Salvador Dali created his first painting in 1910 and it was entitled Landscape Near Figueras.

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7. Salvador Dali was often seen on the streets of Paris walking his ocelot, Babou, and even an ant-eater.

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8. Salvador Dali has been cited as a major inspiration by many modern artists, such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and most other modern surrealists.

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9. Salvador Dali frequently traveled with his pet ocelot Babou, even bringing it aboard the luxury ocean liner SS France.

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10. Salvador Dali sent telegrams to Franco, praising him for signing death warrants for prisoners.

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11. In his only novel Hidden Faces, Salvador Dali describes, in vividly visual terms, the intrigues and love affairs of a group of dazzling, eccentric aristocrats who, with their luxurious and extravagant lifestyle, symbolize the decadence of the 1930s.

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12. At a French nightclub in 1965, Salvador Dali met Amanda Lear, a fashion model then known as Peki D'Oslo.

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13. In 1950, Salvador Dali created a special "costume for the year 2045" with Christian Dior.

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14. Salvador Dali built a repertoire in the fashion and photography businesses as well.

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15. In the year 1927, Salvador Dali began to write the libretto for an opera, which he called Etre Dieu.

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16. Salvador Dali expressed interest in the film but required as a condition of appearing that he be made the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.

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17. Salvador Dali completed only one other film in his lifetime, Impressions of Upper Mongolia, in which he narrated a story about an expedition in search of giant hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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18. Salvador Dali worked with Walt Disney on the short film production Destino.

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19. Salvador Dali worked with other famous filmmakers, such as Alfred Hitchcock.

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20. Salvador Dali was active in front of and behind the scenes in the film world.

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21. Salvador Dali became intensely interested in film when he was young, going to the theatre most Sundays.

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22. Salvador Dali took a stab at industrial design in the 1970s with a 500-piece run of the upscale Suomi tableware by Timo Sarpaneva that Salvador Dali decorated for the German Rosenthal porcelain maker's "Studio Linie".

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23. At the time of the alleged affair, Salvador Dali was married to Gala.

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24. In early January 1989, Salvador Dali was returned to the Teatro-Museo and on his return he made his last public appearance.

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25. Salvador Dali gave the king a drawing, Head of Europa, which would turn out to be Salvador Dali's final drawing.

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26. In November 1988, Salvador Dali entered the hospital with heart failure; a pacemaker had been implanted previously.

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27. In May 1983, Salvador Dali revealed what would be his last painting, The Swallow's Tail, a work heavily influenced by the mathematical catastrophe theory of Rene Thom.

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28. In 1968, Salvador Dali had bought a castle in Pubol for Gala; and starting in 1971 she would retreat there alone for weeks at a time.

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29. In 1968, Salvador Dali filmed a humorous television advertisement for Lanvin chocolates.

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30. Salvador Dali continued to indulge in publicity stunts and self-consciously outrageous behavior.

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31. In 1960, Salvador Dali began work on his Theatre and Museum in his home town of Figueres; it was his largest single project and a main focus of his energy through 1974, when it opened.

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32. At some point, Salvador Dali had a glass floor installed in a room near his studio in Lligat.

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33. Salvador Dali was fascinated by DNA and the tesseract; an unfolding of a hypercube is featured in the painting Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus).

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34. Salvador Dali developed a keen interest in natural science and mathematics.

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35. In 1941, Salvador Dali drafted a film scenario for Jean Gabin called Moontide.

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36. At the 1939 New York World's Fair, Salvador Dali debuted his Dream of Venus surrealist pavilion, located in the Amusements Area of the exposition.

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37. Salvador Dali started to sketch Freud's portrait, while the 82-year-old celebrity confided to others that "This boy looks like a fanatic.

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38. Salvador Dali was introduced to the United States by art dealer Julien Levy in 1934.

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39. In 1931, Salvador Dali painted one of his most famous works, The Persistence of Memory, which introduced a surrealistic image of soft, melting pocket watches.

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40. Salvador Dali refused, perhaps out of fear of expulsion from the Surrealist group, and was violently thrown out of his paternal home on 28 December 1929.

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41. In the same year, Salvador Dali had important professional exhibitions and officially joined the Surrealist group in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris.

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42. In 1929, Salvador Dali collaborated with surrealist film director Luis Bunuel on the short film Un Chien Andalou.

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43. Salvador Dali left the Academy in 1926, shortly before his final exams.

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44. Salvador Dali held his first solo exhibition at Galeries Dalmau in Barcelona, from 14 to 27 November 1925.

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45. Salvador Dali experimented with Dada, which influenced his work throughout his life.

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46. In 1924, Salvador Dali, still unknown to the public, illustrated a book for the first time.

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47. In 1922, Salvador Dali moved into the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.

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48. Salvador Dali had a sister, Anna Maria, who was three years younger.

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49. Salvador Dali was highly imaginative, and enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior.

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