“Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid”

There is a quote from Salvador Dali, which has often bewildered me, if not somewhat impressed me, and never left me for dead. He said – ” Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid. ”

Salvador Dali, Surrealist, Painter, Sculptor, and Eccentrist (1904 –1989, born Figueres, Spain).

Perpetually drawn to all things “gilded and excessive,” as well as unusual and grandiose behavior and attention drawing ways, Dali was however level-headed in his appraisal of the art of drawing –

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” (Dali).

He himself was not confined to these parameters, and I have visited his ‘museum’ in Figueres, north of Barcelona. I find myself at a loss of words to describe it, but the day I visited, myself and a girlfriend arrived late, not short of closing time, so it was not out of boredom, nor excitement, that we found ourselves running through the halls, it was out of necessity, to try to catch a glimpse of his artistic genius/madness …

It was a fun day, but I have to say I appreciated his small museum set up underground, as it appeared in Montmartre, Paris. It was small, however intimate and very revealing…

Perhaps it was the setting that inspired so much; so many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre – including Picasso, Modigliani, Monet, and Vincent van Gogh.

Montmartre - paris, home to so many of the great artists

Montmartre - paris, home to so many of the great artists

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~ by Teena Davidson on June 28, 2009.

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