5 Things You Didn’t Know About Salvador Dalí
1. He Wrote an Erotic Cookbook
Dali certainly wasn’t an artist to limit himself to one medium which is why it’s not wildly shocking to find out that he dabbled here, there, and kinda everywhere else. But it’s still a little surprising to find out that he wrote a cookbook. An EROTIC cookbook. In 1973 Dali created, Les Diners de Gala, obviously named for his beloved wife. A collection of delicious, aphrodisiac-filled meals, it is exactly what you’d expect from the man who always did the unexpected.
We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, Les Diners de Gala, with its precepts and its illustrations, is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste. Don’t look for dietetic formulas here.
We intend to ignore those charts and tables in which chemistry takes the place of gastronomy. If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.
2. He Appeared on a Game Show
Check out the world-famous artist appearing on ’60s game show, What’s My Line? The blind-folded contestants were tasked with trying to guess what the mysterious man’s occupation was. They asked questions. He answered. It’s hilarious.
3. He Liked to Work in the Bathtub
According to the L.A. Times, “He likes to work in small, cramped places. ‘Protection,’ he says, fondly patting a close wall. Yesterday it was the bathtub.”
4. He Refused to Pay His Secretaries …But Still Made Them Millionaires
Dali apparently didn’t pay his staff of secretaries (grr!) and instead compensated them with commissions. Although cash surely would have been helpful at the time (ya know, that pesky need for food and shelter), but those very same commissions ended up being worth a heck of a lot of money and some of the ladies made big bucks when they sold the pieces off.
5. He Worked With Walt Disney
In 1945, Dali and Disney began work together on a collaborative piece which would eventually be deemed Destino. The gorgeous animated film brings together Dali’s surreal images and Disney’s whimsicle beauty in a truly wonderful artistic result. However, Destino was only released (in N.A.) on December 19, 2003.
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