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Dali, Freud and Creative writing

I heard an interesting snippet on the radio, though I don’t recall every word – forgive any inaccuracies. It was an excerpt from writing by a British friend of Salvador Dali’s. Turns out the artist was a big fan of Sigmund Freud. Freud was eighty-two at the time, living in Nazi ruled Vienna and Dali went to meet him. He missed him in Vienna and they finally met in London. Freud’scomment about Dali (from the look in his eyes as he sketched) was that he seemed crazed and fanatical. Dali’s comment about Freud is expressed in the way he portrayed him – as a snail-like skull with a spiral-shaped brain. They had no common language, Dali spoke only Spanish, Freud only English and German.They sat opposite each other and Dali sketched, Freud ruminated. He later wrote to a friend who acted as a delayed intermediary – I used to think Surrealistswere 95% nutcases. In the young Spaniard’s case, I revise my estimate, his work has clarity and it would be very interesting to investigate how it comes about.
Normal art is such that we look for hidden meanings. In Surrealist art we look for realism to make sense of it. Dali expressed his fears and phobias in his paintings. Some of us escape from reality by writing, though the expression of our inner-self is usually hidden deep in those creations. How else can we create new characters and plots? I think though, there is always alittle of the author in his main characters and only those who know him / her really well, can spot that. If it is too obvious, it isn’t truly creative after all –it becomes a simple mirror through which an egotist can study himself. Dali claimed to be obsessed with self-examination and his expression of his fear of sex is present in many of his paintings if one cares to look deeply enough into them. No wonder he admired Freud so much, he provided a key with which Dali could unlock his soul.

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