This was Tanya's dream tour. She is very knowledgeable about art while I am more of a Charlie Russell or Glen Scrimshaw kind of guy. When you say Salvador Dali to me, two pictures came to mind: The Persistence of Memory which every one knows and "The Agony of Love (The Unicorn)",a numbered print of which which our neighbours had in their dining room. So I had a lot to learn. He was of the Surrealist art school as was Picasso. If it was artistic he could do it, including superb classical (??) painting and sculpture as well as some really strange stuff.
Gala Dali, born Elena Invanovna Diakonova in Kazan Russia, had already been through a few Surrealist painters by the time she settled on Salvador Dali in 1929. She was his love, his muse, his model and his business manager. Judging from the number of paintings and sculptures in which she features and the number of men she bedded before and after her marriage with Dali, she seemed to spend most of her life with her clothes off. Fortunately she had a perfect body for that sort of thing.
Salvador Dali bought her this castle in 1968. It was already over 1000 years old and in pretty bad condition. They carefully renovated it to restore the interior but leave the exterior showing the ravages of time. She spent the summers there and Dali was only allowed to visit her with specific advance written invitation. When she died in 1982, she was buried in the castle and Dali moved in. It became his final home and studio.
|Houses in the village of Pubol area s old as the castle|
|The castle - three stories|
|Passage to the Italian garden|
|A Dali sculpture in the garden|
|Another Dali elephant sculpture|
Dali is buried in a vault in the the museum.
|Look directly at the picture, it is a portrait of his wife. Look through the camera and it is Abe Lincoln. |
This is sort of half and half
|Apparently this is famous. A loaf of bread for a hat, |
corn cobs for a necklace and ants crawling over her face
|Painting or sculpture|
|Big concrete lady on expensive car|
|More of same. Also tractor tire pillar in back|
|Big bird's cousin|
|Here's lookin' at you.|
|I liked this one. Sort of stairway to heaven kind of thing.|
|Street front of museum|
|My kind of abstract sculpture!|