Who Was The Man With The Mustache?

February 22, 2019

Why, that would be Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech. Yes, that’s quite a mouthful, but Salvador Dalí, as he is commonly known, is one of the most famous surrealist artists in the world. What is surrealist art? Well, one definition is that it’s a movement or art form that involves unusual combinations, often using everyday objects and combining them with surprising elements.

Roger Higgins, World Telegram staff photographer [Public domain]
Salvador Dalí was born in 1904. His interest in art started when he was rather young, and he held his first exhibition as a teenager. He led the surrealist art form by creating paintings, film, sculpture, and even photography in this style of art. This year marks thirty years since his death. Here are a few interesting facts about the artist:

– Dalí grew a fancy mustache in his youth that quickly became an iconic part of his appearance and made him instantly recognizable years later.

– Dalí’s father disapproved of his interest in surrealist painting and considered surrealism to have had an adverse effect on his son.

– Dalí’s most famous painting, The Persistence Of Memory, showed soft melting watches. His interpretation of the painting was that it showed the world that time is not rigid, nor does it determine the lives of people.

– Dalí was an eccentric and fanciful personality, often delivering speeches in costumes, like a deep-sea diving suit!

– Dalí worked with Walt Disney on a movie called Destino. The work took a long time to finish … forty-eight years, to be exact!