May 11 – Happy Birthday, Salvador Dalí

Posted on May 11, 2018

Once upon a time, my husband and I were in a little in town named Figueres, in the northern portion of Spain named Catalonia, and we visited a museum that looked like this:

Yes, it's like a pinkish-red castle.

Yes, it's covered with plaster croissants.

Yes, it's topped with life-sized golden Oscar-like statues and huge ivory colored eggs!!

It's the Salvador Dalí museum, and it should not be too much of a surprise that Dalí is famous for surrealism. His museum is odd and surprising and interesting and chock full of art.

Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, on this date in 1904. He had a larger-than-life personality, a big imagination, and a love of "everything gilded and excessive." 

He made sure that his image was as flamboyant as his art!

Surrealism in art can have a lot of meaning - although maybe not the same sort of meaning for every viewer. For example, what do these drippy clocks mean to you?

Is this portrait of Dalí's wife merely interesting because we can recognize the face through all the exploding spherical weirdness? Or does the exploding spherical weirdness itself mean something?

And does the painting Swans Reflecting Elephants mean something about how we perceive reality?

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(Second Friday in May)

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