Thursday, August 23, 2012

Think Tank Thursday #111 Salvador Dali

Your Dream Catcher poems were brilliant! They dazzled and were woven with so many intricate thoughts~

Yes, poets it is time for an art prompt. Today we are going to draw our attention to Salvador Dali. A surrealist painter with a controversial view.  He was born in Spain and lived from (January 23, 1989-May 11, 1904).  His art musings were also extended to film, theater, sculpture, photography and fashion.

There are hints of many types of painting techniques, in his art.  Cubism was a huge part of his process.  He studied art at the Academia de San Fernando (School of Fine Arts).  He was expelled from the Academia in 1926, right before his final exams.  He was accused of causing an unrest.  Later that year,  "he made his first visit to Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso, whom the young Dalí revered.  Picasso had already heard favorable reports about Dalí from Joan Miró.  As he developed his own style over the next few years, Dalí made a number of works heavily influenced by Picasso and Miró."   *Wikipedia

He developed the term paranoiac-critical method.  It is a surrealist technique which involves optical illusions and multiple images.  He loved to be in the public eye.  His actions drew more attention, than his artwork.  He married his muse, Gala.  They did not have  children.

 *photo courtesy of Wikipedia

  You can read more about him here and here.  His life even ended in controversy. "There have been allegations that Dalí was forced by his guardians to sign blank canvases that would later, even after his death, be used in forgeries and sold as originals.[ As a result, art dealers tend to be wary of late works attributed to Dalí. *Wikipedia

                Basket of Bread 1926 was his first painting, that welcomed him to the art world.

             The Persistence of Memory, 1931                     

 His most well known painting!

Ballerina in a Death's-Head, 1939

    Meditative Rose, 1958

There are many interpretations of his art.  I thought his artwork would make a great prompt.  What do you see through his art?   Some of it is a bit shocking.  I shared what I consider his most tame.  If you chose to select another form it is up to you. You could blur the lines and capture his unique view or a fragment of his insight.   I think seeing the canvas, as a poet will paint many new thoughts.  When you write your poem you might consider if you see genius or madness.  I look forward to your interpretations, I mean poems ;D

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  1. Thank you for this Dali opportunity, Ella. Are you the same Ella as in the Garden? Your challenges and sense off image is inspiring.

    1. Not "off image"! of image. I am getting worse at proofing daily.

  2. Susan I thought I goofed... I read your post and didn't see it. Then read my post and didn't see it...eyeballs are now crossed, lol.
    Yes, I'm one and the same! Yes, same Ella, lol. Thank you :D
    You are fine...we all do it!

  3. Hello Ella,

    I enjoyed trying to paint a suitable poem with words about Salvador Dali.

    Sorry I missed last week and the Dream Catcher theme. I will try to catch up....I do have a very good excuse for my absence. I was in Belgium attending a fabulous outdoor concert by Leonard Cohen....:)
    Happy Writing,

  4. Oh, Eileen...I missed YOU! Wow...that sounds fabulous~ :D I'm jealous! How wonderful...what was it like?! I loved your poem~

  5. You are a busy lady: more prompts than I can cope with all over the poetry scene, and all of them so stimulating. Loved this one.

  6. Hi, this is my first time participating here...

  7. Sorta ran out of time this week but knew I had this old Dali thing on file so hauled it out and am giving it new light ... he is, after all, one of my favourite artists - if ever you get a chance, check out the Dali museum in Montmartre in Paris ... it is surreal

  8. Ah - forgot to include the link

  9. Aprille-Thank you! Yes, it happens this way sometimes :D Thank you so much :D

    Scriptorwrites-I am happy you decided to join in :D

    S.E.Ingraham-Wow, I'm impressed n' jealous, lol~ Thank you :D

  10. Hi Ella.
    Thanks for this interesting prompt about Dalí, my favourite painter.
    First time here, but not last, I hope!


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