Saturday, October 06, 2012

Figueres. Salvador Dali Museum, Outside. Real? The sixth toe.

 Getting a Grip on Dali
It takes a close look.

Tribute to Newton.

First, what is  a real Dali, and what is a mock-up.  See the apparent original of this Homage to Newton at  There are no severed or excess toes that I can see.

And the dangling ball, in the gallery site, is located differently here.

  • Dali fascinates with the unexpected, the funneling of attention to matters oddly in and out of place.  This site promotes art appreciation for all of us, see  Our approach in travel is to go somewhere first, and research later, finding out all we can on our own.  We are always pleased to be contacted by groups adding to global humanity and our collective art.  Thank you, Artsy. 

The overall surreal point is well made, however:  Dali-ism-like sculpture defies comprehension by one look alone. And this copy is missing the dangling ball that would tie the theme to Newton's apple.  Vandalism?  The Dali Theater and Museum at Figueres also is clear that it displays works of other surrealists, so vet everything.  The Newton tribute here gives a Dali impression, but may not be.  Who will go over there next and check?

Photographers also pay homage to Salvador Dali, and his brand of surrealism --  what is real, what lies beneath what appears real, and is it, really?  Note the fellow at the base of the steps.  He also gets closer, in time.

  • Dali -- the artist with the unforgettable mustache and imagination. He was born in Figueres in 1904, where many of his works are displayed in the Dali Theater-Museum there.  Another Dali site, Cadaques, is an hour or so from Roses.

Dali -- expressing the unconscious mind, see

View from the front. Impossible being! Allgendersbirdbeakshoulderswha?  See a reproduction of the original elsewhere for comparison at

Photographer up close.  Still, compared to what seems to be the original, see site, the dangling ball is all wrong here. And the hair.

Is this photographer focusing on the left foot or the right?  We preferred the right, the one with the wrong toes. Or are they just right?

On up the steps:  Dali-isms again defy the quick look. The impossible diver with hands hanging out.

The roof figures, heroic and classical, carry baguettes.  Or are they surfboards?

Dali also memorializes the Catalan poet, writer, and philosopher Francesc Pujols y Morgades, 1882-1962.  Dali met Pujols after the Spanish Civil War, in France, and was inspired by conversations with him.  Pujols' insights were sought by many intellectuals of the time.