On a Dollop of Dali

Artist Salvadore Dali is known as a brilliant artist, yet (arguably) his personality was as complex as his art. Some say vain, others say eccentric Some say narcissistic, others say brilliant. Some say difficult, and others simply say all the listed and more.

I am not strange. I am just not normal. (Salvador Dali)

Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams. (Salvador Dali)

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. (Salvador Dali)

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. (Salvador Dali)

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. (Salvador Dali)

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad. (Salvador Dali)

61 thoughts on “On a Dollop of Dali

  1. Most of these make me really uncomfortable – which is the artist’s intention so he must be good ๐Ÿ™‚ A couple of his really evocative works – the ones I like and admire and once lived with in poster form, aren’t shown in the video – I guess any list is subjective. Thanks for the reminder Frank. I’m enjoying this years series just as much as last year!


    • Pauline,
      What does on in the artist’s mind and the purpose behind the art can be a mystery. To top it off, many artists are more interested in hearing about what others see or perceive as opposed to tell the viewers what they were thinking.


  2. I was once Aran auction where they were unction inc off some of his works at what seemed like bargain basement prices. I didn’t like anything offered and didn’t bid. Later my brother, an art history professor for many years, told me that Dali stuff is not a good investment. He would, apparent,y, sign anything!


  3. Believe it or not. Once upon time I could snap off the title and the year of each of these paintings as well as additional info. A requirement for writing the 20th Century Art History final. Oh the horror.


    • Calvin,
      Well now … go back through the days between Christmas and New Years for similar posts on other artists because I will be interested in your perspective … especially the one about a Cincinnati treasure.


  4. A few years ago, Peter and I took a 10-day trip to Barcelona and on one of our days, we rode the train up to the town of Figueres where Dali installed his own museum in an old castle. I have always been a fan and we really enjoyed the museum. But one thing that will stay in my memory forever was our visit to one of the galleries in the basement where his gold jewelry was exhibited. We viewed these great pieces in glass cases and when I turned around, there was his tomb! He had himself buried in the gallery – so Daliesque!


  5. Now there’s an artist whose talent I admire, yet isn’t close to my heart, or my mentality. Undoubtedly a master painter though, I appreciate his work a lot.
    By the way, his quote about madness is pure genius!!!!
    Happy Sunday, Frank! ๐Ÿ™‚ [and Full Moon!]


  6. I have always found Dali’s work to be really fascinating. When we were first married, we bought a print of his ‘Autumn Cannibalism’ and hung it on the wall in our dining room. ๐Ÿ™‚ He was definitely an eccentric, and all the other things listed above.


  7. There is something eminently prophetic about that last statement… I figure madness is just a thing, a sense of life, a means of vacillating to the extremes without being concerned about your extremities… I always tell people to embrace their inner madness. That’s always struck a core with me, but I don’t really know why. I don’t profess to share in Dali’s madness, of course. I no where near that unstable. I only wish that I could be.


  8. I really enjoyed the slideshow, Frank, and although I’ve been to a Dali exhibit years ago, I don’t remember seeing half of these. And I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have forgotten them if I had. I’m not an overt fan of his work, but I would also say it’s irresistible when you begin to study the pieces. I loved the quotesโ€ฆhe was definitely in a league of his own! Thank you for such an interesting mini-art class!


    • Debra,
      I’ve never seen an exhibition of his work, but I imagine I’ve seen something in person, but I don’t know what. I like some, then again, some is too bizarre for my taste.


  9. When you mix up the complex amalgamation of what makes up an “artistic personality” you end up with people who tend to the eccentric, the strange, the unique and the individual. Many of them are nomadic hermits with difficult personalities but they all have one thing in common. The driving need to create. Many burn out too soon but what they produce is gold. Here’s to the artists of the world, for they share with us their divine spark in their work.


  10. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

    This quotation made me think and it’s definitely worth a post on its own. What is Dali saying here? Does he mean that ambition is the driving force that makes intelligence useful? What about those of us who choose not to be ambitious? Shouldn’t Dali have said something along the lines of “intelligence without ambition is like a bird with wings who refuses to fly”. Sorry to take the conversation away from his art which is the very definition of genius.


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