In the mid-1940s, surrealist artist Salvador Dali
began collaborating with Walt Disney
on a short film. The idea was fully storyboarded and an 18 second test animation was completed by Disney animator John Hench
. Soon after, the idea was shelved
due to a changing of focus with Disney Feature Animation.
Almost 60 years later, Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney (with consultation from the now 95-year old Hench) spearheaded an effort to finish the film. In 2003, the finished product, "Destino"
, premiered. [more inside]
Giovanni Battista d'Antonio Braccelli was a Florentine artist
(PDF*) who was active from 1616 to 1649, and is little known beyond some highly creative works. Finding details on his life can be more difficult due to multiple forms for his names (Giovanbatista, Bracelli, Braccielli, Brazzè, and the nickname "il Bigio" - the gray one) within his own work and secondary sources, and early writers conflated his biography with that of a Genoese painter of the same name. But if you enjoy surreal illustrations
, check out Braccelli's Bizzarie di varie figure
(online view from Gallica - Bibliothèque nationale de France; online and PDF in the US Library of Congress collection
** from Lessing J. Rosenwald
). [more inside]
Photos from a Surrealist Ball at Château de Ferrières
, one of the Rothschild family’s gigantic mansions. There is no such thing as the Illuminati.
Marie-Laure Noailles was a direct descendant of the Maquis de Sade, himself a Surrealist muse
Together with her husband Charles she was their patron, possibly one of the greatest Art Patrons of the Twentieth Century. The couple spent much of the year at their villa
in the South of France.
his gardens and his gym instuctor, and she embarked on a of a series of affairs, notably Jean Cocteau
whose film Blood of a Poet
was financed by them. They also financed Man Ray's Les Mystères du Château de Dé
and Bunuel and Dali's L'Age d'Or
(a scene in the garden
) and Biceps et Bijoux
for Jacques Manuel
. Dali also painted her portrait
as did Balthus
another of her protégés.
Apart from film and art they also commisiones Francis Poulenc's Aubade
Marie-Laure was photographed by Man Ray
and her good friend Dora Maar
. (Previous some links dead
Charles and her Marie-Laure although living seperate lives stayed the best of friends for the rest of their lives often phoning each other several times a day. [more inside]
That Salvador Dali fell victim to his Russian wife Gala's lust for domination and very young men is no longer a matter of conjecture....some terrifying new facts, which reveal in more detail and depth than ever before how and why this quintessential Surrealist—the master of the soft watches—allowed himself to be destroyed by one of the nastiest wives a major modern artist ever saddled himself with.
Art critic John Richardson examines Dali's life with Gala
[PDF, should be SFW]. This article originally appeared in Vanity Fair
in 1998.A slightly edited version of the article
illustrated with different photos [NSFW]. [via Nag On The Lake
Remarked by her contemporary Coco Chanel as "That Italian artist who makes clothes"
(New Yorker - Janet Flanner
) bought Surrealism to fashion
. She was one of the most influential creators of Parisian haute couture
in the era between the two World Wars. [more inside]
Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus
, one of the earliest full-scale art installation pieces
, raised some eyebrows at the 1939 World's Fair. Visitors entered beneath the spread legs of a woman in high heels to find a grotto featuing Venus, a topless sleeping actress
on a red satin bed surrounded by lobsters and champagne bottles. Her dream, visible through the nearby window, included cavorting (again topless) mermaids
flapping their rubber fins and playing a woman-shaped piano. Murry Korman took many iconic photos
of the spectacle. What few knew was that Dali was engaged in a battle of creative crontol
with his sponsor, a rubber tycoon and creator of rubber mermaid tails among other things. Dali would appear on site while the exhibition was being created and snip the tails off of the mermaids
(pdf). While he was not around for the opening of his creation, he purportedly hired a plane to drop printed leaflets over New York: "The Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to his Own Madness
," a protest against efforts to interfere with his vision. [some links NSFW, via]
in 1976, surrealist icon Salvador Dali starred and directed in the fake documentary/travelogue Impressions de la haute Mongolie - Impressions of Upper Mongolia - about his quest to find a rare hallucinogenic mushroom. It was intended as a tribute to the late Raymond Roussel
. It is available on Youtube in 5 parts. 1
The Silver People
[nsfw] is a site created by 60's photographer, Jon Stevens, whose shtick is to paint people silver and photograph them. More interesting are his pics of Miles Davis
| The Cockettes Erotic
[nsfw] | Salvador Dali
[nsfw] | his being photographed as the first male mod model
[modest, not]. [more inside]
Biome Terrain Mod
is a modification for Minecraft that allows tweaking the world generation parameters for the regions in the game. The Minecraft Forums are running a contest
to find cool generation settings. Some of the results are quite striking.... [more inside]
At the 1938 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in Paris. each of fifteen artists were given a dressmaker's mannequin
as their canvas and encouraged to transform the figure in any way they desired.
The artists included (in order of appearance in this video) Salvador Dalí, Óscar Dominguez, Marcel Duchamp, Léo Malet, André Masson, Joan Miró, Wolfgang Paalen, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Marcel Jean, Max Ernst, Espinoza, Maurice Henry, Sonia Mossé, and Man Ray. Here are some stills
published only 12 issues between 1933 and 1939. The covers
were by some of the leading artists of the
and Walt Disney
collaborated in 1946 on the short animation Destino. Disney had concerns about some of the graphics and it was never released. Lost for 56 years, it was restored in 2003 and has not yet been released for wholesale distribution. Tommorrow is your last chance to see it
at the Dali and Film
exhibit at the Tate Gallery. Previously.
On Orogenesis by Joan Fontcuberta
Using computer programmes that generate virtual landscapes and using as a scource landscapes painted by Dali.
S. Dali + 3 Marxes.
, "a tribute to The Marx Brothers with full reproductions of books and articles from magazines and other publications that are now 'out of print' and hard to find." Dali was a huge fan
and once gave him a harp strung with barbed wire
. He also wrote a script
for the Marx Brothers, which was deemed "too surreal."
The sculptures of Shigeo Fukuda
show that shadows
and reflections (mpegs)
may not be what they appear to be. When you turn M.C. Escher
's drawings into sculptures, you can get some impossible objects (mpeg)
. And Dick Termes
paintings on globes are stunning examples (Quicktime)
of six point perspective
. All of these works of illusionary art are featured in the book Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion
and must be seen to be believed.
is the homepage of cartoonist Carol Lay, creator of the strip Story Minute. In addition to being one of the few places one can view the strip
without going through Salon's obnoxious free pass system. The site has the best autobiography
I've seen for an artist site and images of earlier bizarre parodies
of Salvador Dali and the Shroud of Turin.
Torture by Art.
'Bauhaus artists such as Kandinsky, Klee and Itten, as well as the surrealist film-maker Luis Bunuel and his friend Salvador Dali, were said to be the inspiration behind a series of secret cells and torture centres built in Barcelona and elsewhere '.
Maybe there is a future for those Turner Prize winners after all.
Dali worked with Disney
on a project called Destino
and only 15 seconds were made. but if it's anything like his work with Hitchcock
, they should release it to the public.