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Salvador Dali
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Facts on Salvador Dali

Lived: 1904 -1989

Born in: Figueras, Spain

Birthday and astrological sign: May 11, 1904, Taurus

Died: January 23, 1989, Age 86. Artists Edvard Munch and Pierre Bonnard also died on this day in 1944 and 1947 respectively.

Quote: The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.

He and his older brother, who died before he was born, had the same name.

One of the greatest surrealists of our time, best known for his ability to translate dreams into artwork, "hand painted dream photographs" he called them. He was also a sculptor, filmmaker, writer and insane or just wanted people to believe that he was insane.

Salvador also had an intense fear of grasshoppers.

He dedicated his life to proving he was a genius.

As a child he was frequently expelled from school.

He liked his wife because she changed her clothes three times a day.

He was notorius for not knowing how to count money.

He was afraid to expose his feet.

To ward off evil spirits, he carried a piece of lucky driftwood around.

He was afriad of germs, assassignation and especially grasshoppers.

When in public, he would jump up and down to get atention.

He was kicked out of the official surrealist society in 1934.

His nick name was Avida Dollars, which, roughly translated means "eager for dollars".

 

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