Some time ago, while playing with Blogger's new features, I threw on a gadget called Salvador Dali fine art of the day. Two weeks ago, while attending Sydne's first art exhibition, I pointed out a work based on a Dali painting and she mentioned to me that she was not a Dali fan as he had disrespectfully used animals in his various creative ventures.
I did some research and have not able to find anything about dogs chained behind a car ... yet ... but I was horrified to read that he pranced around with a live, wild ocelot as some sort of trophy, and threw cats in the air, along with pails of water to photograph them (28 times in one day).
And them I came across something worse. Dali supported Franco's regime:
"For every political assassination carried out by Mussolini's fascist regime, there were 10,000 such assassinations by the Franco regime. More than 200,000 people were killed or died in concentration camps between 1939 (when Franco defeated the Spanish Republic, with the military assistance of Hitler and Mussolini) and 1945 (the end of World War II, an anti-fascist war, in Europe). And 30,000 people remain desaparecidos in Spain; no one knows where their bodies are." - Counterpunch
Read the full article here.
So I just want to say thank you to Sydne for alerting me to Dali's indiscretions. There was a terrible irony in featuring Dali's art on a blog supporting animal rights. I have corrected the error. No more Dali for me!