Tuesday May 11, 2010

Dali Redux

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Salvador Dali’s Crucifixion

Spanish artist Salvador Dali, a leading Surrealist painter noted for his visions of dreamworlds in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed or deformed in a bizarre and irrational fashion, was born this day in 1904.

Some may say that Dali was arrogant. While I don’t hold arrogance in great esteem, at least, he had something to be arrogant about.

From An Artist Empowered:

Do not fake something you aren’t—a trap that befalls many an artist. As you will, I trust, come to appreciate, this book focuses on the soul self, which is on a mission that transcends any ego-based desire for self-fulfillment that can never satisfy.

Why?

Fulfillment of the self, like the birth of art, cannot be bought, sold, bequeathed, or traded like a commodity. It must be earned through tests of character, which is what this book is all about. To a casual observer, however, the uncompromising commitment of the transcendental self can be mistaken for an ego orchestrated trip. It will be up to you to discern this difference in others and perhaps more important, in your own self.

“Every morning when I awake, the greatest of joy is mine: that of being Salvador Dali.”

—Salvador Dali (egoist or egotist?)

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