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Salvador Dali – The Man and the Artist
A record of Tristan and Isolde played on January 23, 1989 when the world lost a visionary in the Surrealism movement; Salvador Dali was 84 when he died from heart failure. When I think of artists I assume that they all die tragic deaths to keep with the ‘artist image’ but Dali lived a long, somewhat normal life. He brought color to our world with his beautiful pieces that were said to shock his audiences. Some people considered him a mad man but I feel that this is just societies need to label what they do not understand.
The birth of creativity, “Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali I Domenech was born at 8:45 on the morning of May 11, 1904 in the small agricultural town of Figueres, Spain. Figueres is located in the small foothills of the Pyrenees, only sixteen miles from the French border in the principality of Catalonia” (“Salvador Felipe”). Dali came into the world second-best, having to prove that he was special. He had an older brother, also named Salvador, who died of gastroenteritis just nine months earlier. His parents are said to have had a picture of his brother hanging beside a picture of Jesus in their bedroom. When Dali was just five years old, his parents took him to his brother’s grave and told him that he was his brother reincarnation, which he believed. Melissa Burdick Harmon describes the affects that this had on the young child; she writes, “What he really wants to be, however, is the Salvador Dali who is loved. Instead he is a replacement for another Salvador Dali – his brother who died at the age of 21 months, nine months and ten days before the current Salvador Dali” (Harmon 107). The belief instilled in him that he was his brother’s reincarnation must have had some influenced on the path that his artistic career took and trying to fill the place of a deceased sibling probably resulted in some of his personality quirks.
At a young age, he showed an interest in art. Harmon described “there is good evidence that, as a toddler, Dali was scratching drawings of birds into the red paint of an old table on [his parents] apartment’s balcony. By the time he was 10, the Dali family – which included a sister Ana Maria, four years Salvador’s junior – had moved to a larger apartment. [In this apartment] young Salvador now had his very own art studio in an abandoned rooftop laundry room. On hot days, he would sit there in a water-filled trough to keep cool, using the scrubbing board as an easel or endlessly studying his ...
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