Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My top 5 weirdest artists -No.3 Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali - A Man Posessed

Salvador Dali was one of the most intriguing men in the history of art, melding psychology, spirituality and physics into a complex artistic web...Now with that out of the way I can focus on telling his true life story for the rest of the blog.

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, (really) was born on May 11, 1904, at 8:45 a.m. GMT in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region, close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain. As if having seven , hard to spell, names wasn't traumatic enough he was also the only little boy in his school with a moustache.(after extensive google searching I have found no pictures of a clean shaven Dali, which can only lead me to conclude that he was,in fact, born with the moustache.) This set him apart from the other children and he was called 'Hair lip' at school, causing him to run away to Milan at the age of 12, hoping to graduate from the Art Academy there.

Salvador Dali , shortly after birth

The moustache had other plans.

In the beginning it was content to be an average , if well kept 'Tache. The mild mannered Dali pampered it, swelled its ego and it began to bully him. Soon the opinionated moustache was finishing his sentences for him and forcing him to agree with it's radical ideas.Dalí was expelled from the Academia in 1926, shortly before his final exams, when he stated that no one on the faculty was competent enough to examine him. No one could understand why he would say such a thing. It was so unlike him.

It was at about this time when his skills as a painter suddenly improved drastically with no apparent reason. he made his first visit to Paris, where he met with Pablo Picasso. By this time the moustache had become a diva, demanding to be waxed at least 5 times a day and decorated according to the season.

More moustache now, than man, Dali surrendered to it's will.

The moustache began to evolve...Possibly growing into his brain, totally eclipsing Dali's personality. The Moustache had ambition and talent and it became one of the worlds greatest artists.

Its True.

The Moustache had a long and very successful life. Only succumbing to greyness at the age of 106.