Discovering Dali

Yesterday while wandering through Montmartre, we went into the Dali gallery which houses a collection of Dali’s work. There aren’t any particularly exciting works, but it is a nice showcase of his less well known pieces. I quite enjoy his view on life although I suspect he would have been a bit of a challenge to work with. I did enjoy his take on the Old and New Testaments – having visited the Louvre a few days ago and seeing painting after painting of Jesus on a cross, Jesus eating supper, Jesus as a baby etc, I found Dali’s version light and refreshing; almost comical.

There was also an installation piece of a chapel which when you first see it looks like a genuine chapel that has been there for centuries. It was actually made from cardboard and plaster and he had used a trompe d’oeil affect to create the allusion of space. While it appeared to be a big chapel, it was, in fact, a very small area and just like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, it just got smaller and smaller the further back you went. Very clever.

At the end of the gallery you arrive in the boutique where you can purchase your very own Dali masterpiece. A few spare thousand Euros can buy you a great conversation piece. While I like his work, even if I had the money I don’t think I would buy one. It would be difficult to find the right place to hang it and it would always just look like the mass-produced postcard copies that you can buy in the gift shop on the way out. Maybe one of his lesser known scribbles… What am I talking about? I have plane tickets to purchase – I’ll leave the art to those who know what they are doing.

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