Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Many Faces of Salvador Dali – Here Are 12 Funny Portraits of the Artist in the 1950s

Salvador Dalí is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His artistic style, ideas and extravagant personality created a myth around his name that has crowned him the king of Surrealism.

Apart from his surrealistic paintings Dali was interested in may art forms and media including film, sculpture, and photography, while for many of his works he collaborated with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Salvador Dali swimming holding seaweed, and wearing seaweed beard and wig, 1955. (Photo by Hulton Archive)

Salvador Dali, his modesty protected only by a starfish, talking with Juan Figeuras on the rocks near his home in Cadaques, 1955. (Photo by Charles Hewitt)

Salvador Dali viewing the camera through a magnifying glass at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava, 1955. (Photo by Charles Hewitt)

Salvador Dali with his wife Gala (1894–1982) and a child at his villa at Port Lligat, 1951. (Photo by Daniel Farson)

Salvador Dali wearing an animal skull as a hat, 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive)

Salvador Dali, with his distinctive moustache to the fore. 17th November 1951. (Photo by Daniel Farson)

Salvador Dali cavorting on a rooftop at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava, 1955. (Photo by Charles Hewitt)

Salvador Dali, one of the principal figures of the Surrealist Movement, in a multiple exposure pose at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava, 1955. (Photo by Charles Hewitt)

Salvador Dali wearing a customized pince-nez. 8th January 1955. (Photo by Charles Hewitt)

Salvador Dali next to a mirror. 3rd December 1951. (Photo by Ron Gerelli)

Salvador Dali in a bizarre pose sheltering from the sun in the garden at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. The book he holds, needless to say, is upside down. 8th January 1955. (Photo by Charles Hewitt)

Salvador Dali in London with one of his paintings entitled “The Madonna of Port Lligat”, December 1951. (Photo by George Konig/Keystone Features)

9 comments:

  1. Michael FitzpatrickJanuary 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Oh wow. I've shot pool at Seymour Billiards ("36 Tables") and I've shopped at Manitoba Grocery, so both of those survived into the '90's at least.

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  2. Michael FitzpatrickJanuary 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    ...and City Centre Motor Hotel is still going strong.

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  3. Yup, Seymour Billiards; the 6th photo looks like W. 6th Avenue at Ontario (it sure looks like the house across the street from the one I lived in, '91-'92); the Texaco Station on Cambie Street is where a Sushi restaurant is, at 15th; the Trolley wires are at Main and 7th; yeah Fitz, the good old Manitoba Grocery; the Man sitting by the fountain, I think it was by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (we threw a bottle of Mister Bubble in there one night, and it overflowed quickly, almost covering a guy sleeping on a nearby bench!); is Bekins still there - off Kingsway?; who else remembers Pop Shoppe, Pick-a-Pop, and Uncle Ben's?; The film is spectacular - such rich colours without over-saturation, and some cool compositions as well. Anybody recall the name of the car dealership with the un-PC painted sign of the girl in the "Indian" costume - was it a Lincoln Mercury dealership?

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  4. Totem Lincoln Mercury! Wasn't that it?

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  5. Aaron, I think there might be a clue in the third to last frame. The N.E. Thing Co. was a Vancouver art collective that did a lot of photography.

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  6. That 3rd shot (Scotty's Furniture Mart) looks a lot like the present-day Famous Foods on Kingsway at Welwyn. Can anybody confirm?

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  7. Famous Foods at Kingsway at Perry. Confirmed using Google street view.

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  8. I love how the McDonalds sign is almost unchanged....lol

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  9. This is the link to the photographer here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49469560@N07/sets/
    Credit and a link to the source of the photos should most certainly have been given.

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