What Are Some Interesting Facts About Salvador Dali?

Salvador Dali was a Spanish Surrealist painter who lived from 1904 to 1989, and he is most known for his painting "The Persistence of Memory," in which he depicted melting clocks. Dali unknowingly made his secretaries millionaires, as he refused to pay them a salary and only offered them commissions, which they later cashed for huge sums of money.

Dali was expelled from art school because he refused to get his final art assignment checked by the professors stating that "none of the professors of the school being competent to judge me, I retire." Dali's reason behind not completing his degree was to remain financially dependent on his father so that he could further his studies in Paris.

Dali almost suffocated wearing an old diving suit, which was intended to be a representation of how he "existed in the bottom of the sea of subconsciousness." He was rescued by the poet David Gascoyne.

In 1955, Dali drove a white Rolls Royce Phantom II from Spain to Paris filled with more than 11,000 pounds of cauliflowers. Dali was fascinated with cauliflower's "logarithmic curve" and proclaimed that "everything ends up in the cauliflower!"