Dali crazy?

  In the late summer of 1974, at noon, in a café in the city of Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, there were few customers: one or two locals, and a passing youth from Barcelona was resting; At the time, Salvador Dalí was accompanied by a male secretary, who was also drinking coffee and chatting there. Wearing his signature red floppy hat, lace-up loafers, and holding a baroque cane, the painter, nonetheless, would have noticed that this was Dalí, the man who shocked both the old and the new with his bizarre works. At this moment, the painter was drinking coffee and cold water and talking with a serious expression. He didn’t pay attention to the other people around him, and seemed to disdain this move. A little while later, a TV camera pulled up from the door, just parked in front of the cafe, and in an instant, the atmosphere changed completely. Dalí was suddenly possessed by an inexplicable impulse: his pupils were dilated, his facial muscles contracted, and his crutches suddenly turned into a sharp sword, waving in his hands, feigning feuds at the invisible enemy; The soft and slow speech a few minutes ago has now clearly increased the volume, and he has eaten a lot of syllables in his words, except for the thick hiss of the letter S. As everyone knows, the artist is giving an impassioned speech about the center of the universe. Now, the TV producers are broken, and this is exactly what they want to capture from Dalí: classic sentences, photogenic exaggerations, eccentric expressions…, exactly in line with the painter’s usual “madman genius” image of.
  Ten minutes later, the camera and microphone were withdrawn from the scene, and Dalí immediately relaxed. He smiled and returned to the table again, as before, sitting leisurely and peacefully drinking coffee in the bar in his hometown. The passing Barcelona youth, who was about to start his journalism studies soon, unexpectedly became a witness to the painter’s “show”. The young man recalled the interesting scene just now, and concluded that it was a crazy performance deliberately manipulated by Salvador Dali.
  
  self-hype
  
  However, Dali’s frenzied behavior was measured. Although he sometimes reveals all kinds of absurd words and deeds, in terms of selling his works, attracting Bole’s attention, and favoring the powerful, Dali has a clear direction, never derails, and is quite capable. His first trip to New York on November 14, 1934, was a testament to his public relations and “self-promotion” skills. Before this trip, Dali’s works had been exhibited many times in this skyscraper-filled city, which had aroused certain repercussions. Coupled with his deep friendship with the wealthy Caresse Crosby, the New York Times reporter arrived at him. The interview was conducted in time on the day, and the interview record was published and reported the next day. For this appearance, Dalí set up a provocative scene. When receiving reporters, there was a small lamp hanging from his French floppy hat, but he was sitting on a scale pre-installed on the table; on the shelf of the fireplace in the bedroom, there were several 2-meter long The baguette, next to a huge blue flag, painted with black paint a skull, a key, a leaf, a woman’s shoe and the word “Dali” magnified many times. The whole scene is full of rich surreal colors. Dalí knew all too well how to really make the best impression on The New York Times on this occasion. When showing his paintings to interviewers, Dalí had a serious expression and answered the reporters’ questions coherently and brilliantly. When asked by reporters about the meaning of surrealism, Dalí eloquently replied: “Surrealism, like sleep, frees us from conventional conventions. What Freud explained in concepts and words, surrealism through Interpret it beyond rational images.”
  
  Rational whims
  
  Dalí was a complete self-cultivator, he once admitted that apart from himself, he only loved his wife Gala and money. Dalí and Gala rely on each other, and their rare couple relationship doesn’t mean it’s handled outside of reason. An anecdote from the past attests to the artist’s rationality in this regard. This time, when Dali received a visit from the famous Hungarian scientist and inventor of holography, Dennis Gabor in Paris, he tried to ask: “I want to make a hologram of Gala, mash it up, and swallow it. Fill my heart with her like a sacrament.” Gabor replied, “I advise you not to do this, because the emulsion used to make the hologram is a very poisonous drug.” Dali listened and immediately switched. topic.
  On June 10, 1982, Gala died of a chronic illness. For the next two years, Dalí imprisoned himself in the city of Bupol and endured the painful torture alone. This long and dark time was finally brought to an end by a fire caused by a short circuit. It was August 1984, and Dali was severely burned and nearly died. However, the approach of death aroused Dali’s desire to survive and his sober reason, which extended the painter’s life for another five years. During this period, he resumed painting brushes, listened to music, and still mocked the visitors. Everything was just as usual. , until January 23, 1989, Salvador Dali died in his hometown of Figueres.
  ”Is Dali crazy?” There is no clear answer to this question. In fact, Dali’s so-called “insanity” is precisely a clever way to maintain his enduring celebrity status in the world of painting.
  Dalí’s friend, the current director of the Dalí Museum, painter Anthony Pisault, Dalí’s driver, housekeeper and nurse, all unanimously asserted in an interview with reporters: Dalí was pretending to be crazy all his life. However, in the days before his death, he was indeed fully awake…
  In 2004, on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Salvador Dali, the great Spanish painter, let us lift the curtain of history and get closer to him in order to gain a deeper understanding of him. Genius is a series of otherworldly surreal works.