A man of many talents, Salvador Dalí is one of the most popular artist’s of the 20th Century. Originally known for his work in the Surrealist movement, Dalí’s personality shines through in his artwork. In this article we pay tribute to his obsessive, meticulous and all-round extraordinary talent.

Dalí and Disney, the amazing duo

Extrait du court-métrage Destino
Clip from the short film Destino (directed by Dominique Monféry, 2003)

Dali was originally dismissed by Andre Breton, the founder of the surrealist movement, because his contemporaries felt his work was too commercial. At the onset of World War II, Dalí fled to the United States where he met a distinguished figure in film: Walt Disney. Disney showed Dalí a short animated movie he had been working on called Destino. It was a love story about a young woman and the passage of time. For several months, Dalí produced a considerable amount of sketches alongside John Hench, one of the original Disney cartoonists.

Destabilised by the difficulties of a post-war economy, the Dalí-Disney partnership ended on an unfortunate note as the company no longer had the finances to continue working on the film. However, their story doesn’t end there. In 2003, Destino was produced under the impetus of a partnership between a French director named Dominique Monféry, Walt Disney’s nephew, John Hench and several cartoon connoisseurs.

Creator of the Chupa Chups logo

Version du logo créé par Salvador Dali en 1969 / © Chupa Chups
Version du logo créé par Salvador Dali en 1969 / © Chupa Chups
Version actuelle du logo Chupa Chups / © Chupa Chups
Version actuelle du logo Chupa Chups / © Chupa Chups

By the year 1958, Dalí had already made a name for himself in many fields. It was for this reason that when a Catalan entrepreneur named Enric Bernat started his own lollipop brand, he commissioned Dalí to design the logo. After all, a good brand is nothing without its logo. Being of Spanish origin, the two quickly became close friends. The colours in Dali’s label design were no accident; hues of red, yellow and white pay tribute to the Spanish flag while reminiscing of the warmth and hospitality of their home country.

A jack-of-all-trades

Portrait de Salvador Dali (Hôtel Meurice, Paris en 1972)
Portrait of Salvador Dali (Meurice Hotel, Paris in 1972) / By Allan warren (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Dalí’s art has no limits. He was a skilled painter, sculptor, engraver, photographer, and screenwriter. Furthermore, he also worked in the fashion industry alongside designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Their collaboration gave birth to two fascinatingly bizarre pieces: the shoe hat and the lobster dress. Much like Dalí’s art, his achievements are difficult to categorise. Nonetheless, they testify to the artist’s virtuosity. His work never ceases to surprise us, puzzle us and reveal an infinite world of possibilities.

In the 1950’s Dalí participated in an American gameshow called What’s My Line. Each week, four people ask questions to try and discover the identity of a mystery guest.

Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan had all appeared on the long-running program, so it was with a rather informal attitude that Dalí took the stage. An important rule in this game is to answer every question with a simple “yes” or “no.” Dalí replied with a “yes” almost every time, making it difficult for those guessing. Narrowing down their options, one contestant asked the key and final question: “Do you have a famous moustache?” To which Dalí obviously replied, “yes.”

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