Dalí was a bit rude, wasn’t he? So says an American visitor standing behind me in the sunny lobby of the Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museumplaced in the bowels of the artist’s birthplace of Figueres, in Catalonia.
It’s fitting that this icon’s birthplace translates to ‘fig trees’, as Dalí’s eclectic output was undeniably fruitful and ‘a bit crude’, according to this unimpressed reviewer, who now disappears into the crypt below. Dalí’s paintings clearly reflect his obsession with sex – subjects like impotence, personal pleasure, voyeurism and sadomasochism are commonplace in his work.
Nevertheless; my works influenced by Dalí,was not well received by my stunned teacher, who immediately sent for reinforcements. With the fury of a biblical storm, my class leader accused me of depravity and rudeness – but channeling Jesus Christ, I refused to recant. “Look at those footprints! I argued, pointing to the natural surrounding masterpieces hanging on the walls, including and . “Do you compare that to Michelangelo and Botticelli? she fired back.
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