Fun Facts on Salvador Dali

A few facts on Salvador Dali will reveal that Dali treated his own life like a work of art. This eccentric Spanish artist possessed an extremely flamboyant and egotistical personality. His erratic behavior, passion for life and experiments with pushing the limits of the mind and body all contribute to the impressive and important works of art he left as his legacy. These facts are only a hint of what Dali did during his life:

  • Dali sported an outrageous moustache for his adult life, and he usually kept it waxed and extending each side out at 90-degree angles.
  • The artist always dressed extravagantly, often in a suit, cape, turban and walking stick.
  • Dali's parents often told him that he was the reincarnation of his older brother who died just 9 months before Dali was born.
  • At a posh New York costume party, Dali and his wife arrived dressed as the Lindbergh baby and the kidnapper. People were so offended that he had to issue a public apology.
  • Salvador Dali once arrived in a heavy deep sea diving suit to give a lecture and nearly suffocated.
  • He fell in love with his future wife while she was married to another man, and she was also 11 years older than he.
  • Dali produced more than 1,500 paintings during his lifetime.
  • Walt Disney and Salvador Dali collaborated on a short animated film called "Destino." It was shelved until 2003, when the Disney company finished the project based on Dali's storyboards.
  • After disassociating with a Paris Surrealist group, the leader, Andre Breton, nicknamed Dali "Avida Dollars," which means "greedy for dollars" and is an anagram for Salvador Dali. Dali loved the nickname and used it enthusiastically.
  • Dali appeared on TV many times while in the United States, including "The Dick Cavett Show," "What's My Line?" and many commercials.
  • The artist designed the logo for the Chupa Chups lollipop company.
  • Salvador Dali wrote only one novel, entitled "Hidden Faces." He also wrote several autobiographies with outrageous claims that many cannot determine if they truly happened.
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