Seeing Through Salvador Dalí's Kaleidoscopic Eyes

Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí I Domènech was the son of Salvador Dalí
Cusí and Felipa Domènech Ferrés. He was born on the lackadaisical day of
May 11, 1904. Dalí later claimed to have been named after an older brother
that had died at the age of twenty-two months, but in actuality he was
dubbed after his father and grandfather. Felipe is the male equivalent of
his mother's name while Jacinto came from his uncle.
The family lived in a small, rural town called Figueres in Spain.
It was sixteen miles south of the Spanish-French border, being fed by the
Tech and Ter rivers. Dalí's photographic memory consumed this scenery for
later use in many of his paintings.
He was horrifically ...

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of his first sophisticated paintings, View of Cadaqués
with Shadow of Mount Pani of 1917.
His family noticed his artistic talent early on, and supplemented
his education by allowing him to spend summer holidays with the creative
family of Ramón Pichot just outside of Figueres. Pichot was a well-known
artist, who maintained friendships with the likes of Pablo Picasso. All
his children were musically inclined and excelled in scholarly education.
This family inspired Dalí to try his hand at any type of creative
Dalí's proud father exhibited his son's drawings at the family home
in Figueres. The attention prompted him to write stories and journal
entries. He wrote two novels, Summer Evenings and The Tower of Babel,
both of which remained unpublished.
At the age of fifteen, he foreshadowed his life, stating, "I'll be
a genius, and the world will admire me." This comment referred more to
ambition than to conceit, which was a popular comment among Dalí's critics.

His ...

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