Carmel Magazine

Spring/Summer 2020

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90 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 Art in All Dimensions The Sur real Pebble Beach Adventures of Salvador Dali B Y M I C H A E L C H AT F I E L D P recious few 20th century artists achieved the kind of fame that made them household names in their own lifetimes. Picasso, Calder, Warhol, Adams, Kahlo and Pollock come to mind. Arguably, none were more flamboyant, eccentric, diverse and downright interesting as Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dal I Domenech, Marquis of Dali de Pubol— or for those into the whole brevity thing, "Dali." Born in 1904 in the medieval town of Figueres in the autonomous Catalonia region of Spain, the artist earned global public and critical acclaim for his eye-popping, uber-detailed, superbly crafted surrealist paintings and sculptures. He and his wife of nearly 50 years Gala (born Elena Inanovna Diakonova) traveled the world together during their lifetimes. Those travels included many visits to the Monterey Peninsula in the 1940s. Photo: Popperfoto/Getty Images Spanish artist Salvador Dali was a masterful self-promoter and became a world-wide household name early in his long career. Here, he unveils "Soft Self Portrait" to the press in 1954.

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