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January 11, 2012

Dalí, Subversive Humour And Learning To Be An Artist

My favourite film of 2011 was Midnight in Paris. Among the many memorable scenes there is a wonderful moment when Owen Wilson’s lead character meets Salvador Dalí, played by Adrien Brody. Of course, the real life Dalí was every bit as over the top and amusing to behold as Brody’s portrayal suggests. Yesterday I stumbled […]

My favourite film of 2011 was Midnight in Paris. Among the many memorable scenes there is a wonderful moment when Owen Wilson’s lead character meets Salvador Dalí, played by Adrien Brody.

Of course, the real life Dalí was every bit as over the top and amusing to behold as Brody’s portrayal suggests. Yesterday I stumbled upon this US television appearance by the artist, on the long running show, What’s My Line.

It’s a wonderful performance by Dalí, quietly subverting the game he has been asked to join.

What stood out for me was the way he nonchalantly said yes to a large number of career definitions. Dalí was happy to be identified not just as an artist, but also a writer, cartoonist, performer, athlete and even leading man.

In so many ways this is contrary to the kind of advice we are often given today; to neatly define ourselves within one career path or niche.

Of course, Dalí did define and explain the art he made. But, watching him on What’s My Line, you can imagine his subconscious saying “yes, Dalí can do that too.” He is not letting a definition, in terms of career, limit what he feels he can do, as an artist or simply, as a person.

I see that as the essence of artistic freedom and something we could all learn from Dalí.

Responses
Kasia 8 years ago

Yes! 🙂 I watched a documentary on him when I was 12, blew me away. loved the person and his art ever since.

    Fernando Gros 8 years ago

    Kasia – yes, Dali was one of those artists I grew up admiring as well.

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