Salvador Domènec Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech, Marquis de Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), commonly known as Salvador Dalí was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist artist of the 20th century.
This talented and imaginative man is best-known for his paintings, but Dali mastered several arts in his lifetime, including film, sculpture, and photography, collaborating with artists across a variety of media. Dalí trained at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts, where he cultivated his eccentric personal style and rubbed elbows with other notable artists and writers of the day, including filmmaker Luis Bunuel and poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
Early realistic paintings such as Basket of Bread gave way to experiments with Cubism and eventually resulted in the Surrealistic style for which he became known.
Perfumery does not seem an illogical choice, given the variety of interests and expertise of this celebrated artist. A famous Dalí quote conceptualizes the perfume line: “Of the five senses, the sense of smell is incontestably the one that best conveys a sense of immortality.” A partnership with Cofinluxe was already underway, and the scent that would become the first fragrance, 1983’s Salvador Dalí, had been chosen by Dali and Gala before her death. Gala was purportedly an intense perfumista with a large collection, and with a fondness for roses, which figure prominently in the scent. The bottle’s design was inspired by Dalí’s painting, Apparition of The Face of Aphrodite of Knidos, with its well-formed lips and nose. Intended as a limited edition, the fragrance was a success and was offered to the international market in 1985. A men’s companion scent was produced in 1987, and to date, more than 25 perfumes have been introduced under the Salvador Dalí label, all with interesting packaging inspired by Dalí’s artwork.