On May 11, one of the most extravagant, surrealist and mind-blowing artists of all times— Salvador Dalí! But, wait. It’s wrong to limit this man of many talents calling him only an artist as he was also a photographer, sculptor, printmaker and writer. He created more than 1500 paintings during his lifetime and many works in other mediums, including prints, drawings, sculpture, book illustration and theater set designs.

Fact 1: The young Salvador Dalí drew from an early age and was encouraged by his sympathetic mother, Felipa Domènech Ferrés. She died of cancer when the artist was just 16.

Fact 2: Dalí believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother, also named Salvador. His brother was born almost three years before him and died of a stomach problem just 9 months before the artist’s birth.

Fact 3: Dalí was Catholic, becoming increasingly religious as time went on. His religious views were a matter of interest. In interviews, Dalí revealed his mysticism. In his later years, while remaining a Roman Catholic, Salvador also claimed to be an agnostic.

Fact 4: Salvador Dalí frequently traveled with his pet ocelot Babou, even bringing it aboard the luxury ocean liner SS France.

Fact 5: Dalí was known to avoid paying tabs at restaurants by drawing on the checks he wrote. His theory was the restaurant would never want to cash such a valuable piece of art and he was usually correct.

Fact 6: Dalí met his future wife Elena Ivanovna Diakonova, known as Gala, while she was married to his friend the artist Paul Éluard.

These are just some of the facts about Salvador Dali’s amazing life. You can find much more on prabook.com.

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