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Every morning when I awake, said the painter of Soft Watches (later retitled The Persistence of Memory), the greatest of joys is mine: that of being Salvador Dali... PThe native Catalonian Dali was obsessed with both money and fame- painting andMoreEvery morning when I awake, said the painter of Soft Watches (later retitled The Persistence of Memory), the greatest of joys is mine: that of being Salvador Dali... PThe native Catalonian Dali was obsessed with both money and fame- painting and speaking were his main occupations, his favourite subject - how to discover ones genius. Not exactly loved by the Surrealists, who criticised him for extravagance and his addiction to money (it was Andre Breton who came up with the anagramm Avida Dollars), Dalis paranoiac-critical method nonetheless provided them with a first-rate instrument to liberate intelligence and imagination from the bonds of memory and dreams.PHad he been born during the Renaissance, his genius would have met with greater acceptance than was the case in our era, which saw him as a constant source of provocation- he, for his part, described the era as degenerate. Dali commented: The only difference between me and a madman is the fact that I am not mad, remarking pithily that The difference between me and the Surrealists is that I am a Surrealist. PDali decodes the fantasies and symbols of his Surrealist visions, penetrating the depths of the irrational and subconscious, elevating hard and soft to the level of aesthetic principles. He and Gala, his wife and muse, are mythical couple, she his existential double, his perpetuation in immortal memory. At the age of three, Dali had wanted to become a cook, aged five Napoleon. Thereafter, he continually aspired to something higher - to be divine Dali forever...PThe Dali portfolio features high quality prints that beg to be framed. Tucked in the portfolio are 14 large-format reproductions, each with a briefdescription.