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By Charles, Victoria; Dalí, Salvador

As one of many optimal painters of the 20th century, Dalí, like Picasso and Warhol, can boast of getting overturned the paintings of the former century and directed portray in the direction of its sleek incarnation. As irrational as he was once Surrealist, this genius diverted gadgets from their unique meanings, plunging them into the acid of his regularly churning mind's eye. A megalomaniac and an artist who, above all,  Read more...

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His father supported him by buying him canvas, brushes, paints and magazines. However, a more important role as sponsor was taken over by Pepito Pitchot, who set up for him an atelier in a barn. Dalí painted landscapes in the impressionist style and he also developed his own ideas. Portrait of a Girl in a Landscape 1924-1926 oil on canvas, 92 x 65 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Figueras 44 45 One day, for example, he attached real cherry-stems to his paintings of cherries. Pepito Pitchot was impressed by this idea; so much so that he promised to talk Señor Dalí into allowing Salvador to receive lessons in painting.

Penya-Segats (Woman on the Rocks) 1926 oil on olive panel, 26 x 40 cm private collection 54 55 Dalí’s model was a cast of Bacchus after Jacopo Sansovino. Dalí moved into a room at the “Residencia de Estudiantes”, a student residential and cultural centre based on the Oxford and Cambridge model. At the beginning of the twenties a group of Spain’s literary and artistic offspring lived there; amongst others, Luis Buñuel, Federico Garcia Lorca, Pedro Garfias, Eugenio Montes, and Pepin Bello. Figure on the Rocks (Sleeping Woman) 1926 oil on plywood, 27 x 41 cm Salvador Dalí Museum, St Petersburg (Florida) 56 57 Dalí kept to himself and cultivated his role as a loner: he let his hair grow long, and dressed himself in short trousers, a long cape and a big, black felt hat.

The “Mulí de la Torre” estate, named after its tower-mill, and just a few kilometers from Figueras, was to become a place of magic for Salvador. For weeks he gave himself up to his day-dreams undisturbed, a reverie for which he only had the odd single hour in Figueras in his laundryroom atelier. Most of his fantasies at this time were of an erotic nature. Eroticism and death become unified very early in Dalí’s life. Portrait of Ana María c. 1924 oil on cardboard, 55 x 75 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Figueras 40 41 From a net of fantasies centered around eroticism, death, and disgust, Dalí only managed to save himself by his own mental agility.

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