Daily art story: Salvador Dalí and the sacred moustache

“Since I don't smoke, I decided to grow a mustache - it is better for the health. However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: "Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?" Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.” - Salvador Dalí, Dalí's Mustache

Salvador Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His best known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931.

But Dalí was not only a painter. In addition to over 1,500 paintings he produced illustrations for books, lithographs, designs for theatre sets and costumes, a great number of drawings, dozens of sculptures, and various other projects, including an animated short film for Disney.

Salvador Dalí à Portlligat - Droits d’image de Salvador Dalí réservés.
Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2014

Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory, 1931, oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 13" (24.1 x 33 cm).
© Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph taken in 2004.

La Divine Comédie de Dante, 1961
L’Enfer. Les Hommes qui s’entre-dévorent
Gravure sur bois reproduisant des aquarelles
33 x 26 cm

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