Salvador Dalí, Spain was the initial and final stage of his career. If the first introduced him to the world, the last served to create the myth of the modern artist par excellence.
Russian Immigrant Elena Dmitrievna Diakonova, better known as Gala, knew Dalí in 1929 and regardless the fact that she was ten years older than him they married in Paris (1932) and later in Girona (1958). His father was against the marriage and disinherited him for it. She had been the wife of Paul Eluard, the poet and lover of the painter Max Ernst.
In the image, painter Salvador Dalí, with Gala, works in a new version of Christ’s crucifixion in “El Cristo de El Vallés”, where he’s influenced by the Catalonian painting school.
“Paranoia is my own being, but controlled and exalted at once by my awareness of being. My genius dwells in this double reality of my personality, this highest level pairing of critical intelligence and its dynamical and irrational opposite. According to general belief, paranoia is related with the phenomena of delirium that can be translated as a series of systematical and personally read associations. My method consists in explaining spontaneously the irrational knowledge that is born of delirious associations, giving a critic reading of the phenomena. About the surrealist plain, the paranoid-critical activity is translated into the making of objective randomness, that remakes the world and then the delirium becomes truly reality”
(Unmentionable Confessions, 1973)
In the image, Salvador Dalí looks beyond the window glass of his home where he has left, immortalized, his signature.
“Picasso is Spanish; so am I. Picasso is a genius; so am I. Picasso must be around 72; I must be 48 years old. Picasso is known in all the countries of the world; so am I. Picasso is communist; neither am I”.
(Conference about Picasso in 1951)
Painter Salvador Dalí during his conference titled “Picasso and I” in the Maria Guerrero Theatre.
“It’s obvious other worlds exist, that’s for sure; but as I’ve already said many times these worlds are within our own, they are in Earth, more precisely in the center of the Dalí Museum dome where lies the unsuspected and mind-bending new world of surrealism.”
Burial of Salvador Dalí.
In the image, the remains of painter Salvador Dali buried below the dome of the Dalí Theatre-Museum where his works are displayed.
Los restos mortales del pintor Salvador Dalí son trasladados bajo la cúpula geodésica del Museo Teatro Dalí, donde descansarán los restos mortales del artista ampurdanés. Figueras (Gerona), enero 1989
Agencia EFE S.A.U.
Documentation and Graphic Archive Department, Commercial and Marketing Department, Systems and Technology Department.
If you wish to purchase any of the images of this collection contact us on any of the following emails: