Photographed by Phillipe Halsman.
“Orwell was repelled by Salvador Dalí’s work, but refused to condemn it – arguing that art can be both right and wrong.
George Orwell isn’t usually thought of as an art critic. The author of 1984 is rightly remembered as one of the great political journalists and witnesses of the 20th century. But his contribution to the literature of modern art is also worth celebrating.” Why George Orwell was right about Salvador Dalí
Dali by Wermer Bokelberg.
His full name was Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol but was famously known as Salvador Dalí, or, even more simply, just Dali.
Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to an “Arab lineage”, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors. (Read more)
Adrien Brody portrayed Dali in the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris”.
Bokelberg trained as a photographer then threw it aside to pursue acting and comedy. Then, he returned to photography for several famous German news magazines where he photographed Dali, Picasso, Brian Jones, Andy Warhol and others. (Read more)
Salvador Dali for Chanel.
Perhaps we don’t understand just how public and famous he was in his own lifetime.
A slightly surreal Sunday and what better way to begin our slightly surreal posts
than with Salvador Dali, photographed by Robert Descharnes.
As a beginning, especially for those who may be new to your work, please tell us a little about your background, where you were born, where you live, how did you decide on your name and what does it mean?
I was born in a small town of 7000 inhabitants in Western Finland. I lived there for 20 years, then I moved to Eastern Finland to study and cultivate myself. I enjoyed student life and finally after some extra studies completed a Master’s Degree in social sciences. After my graduation I lived a couple of months in Russia. Now I live in Helsinki, which is the capital of Finland.
I picked my name from a book which told about insults. Nequissimus means “most or very worthless”, it is Latin and it was used by ancient Romans.
When did you discover you had a talent for art? Have you had formal training?
I don’t have any training but drawing has been my hobby since childhood.
During last years I’ve been more creative and hard-working than ever before. Maybe five years ago I started to make paintings, I also drew my first comics at about the same time. I think that I don’t have any special talent, but through practice it has been possible to develop my skills to at least decent level.
In my previous job I had the opportunity to make some illustrations. Which was nice. Continue reading
Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel, chatting while smoking. Two of the great figures of the 20th Century.