Salvador Dalí was a Catalan-Spanish artist who became one of the most
important painters of the twentieth century. A skilled draftsman, he
is best known for his surrealist work identified by its striking,
bizarre, dreamlike images. His painterly skills are often attributed
to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best known work, The
Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. In addition to painting,
his artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, photography, and an
Academy Award-nominated short cartoon, "Destino," on which he
collaborated with Walt Disney; it was released posthumously in 2003.
An artist of great imagination, Dalí had an affinity for doing unusual
things to draw attention to himself. This sometimes irked those who
loved his art as much as it annoyed his critics, since his eccentric
manner sometimes drew more public attention than his artwork.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
King Ethelred II ordered the massacre of all Danes in England.
Great Britain defeated France at the Parc des Princes in Paris to win
the first Rugby League World Cup.
The Bhola tropical cyclone hit the densely populated Ganges Delta in
East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Constitution Gardens in Washington,
D.C. was dedicated.
The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted, causing a volcanic mudslide that
buried Armero, Colombia and killed approximately 23,000 people.
Wikiquote of the day:
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men
of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. -- Louis Brandeis