Best known as the master of surrealist art, in addition to being a terrific eccentric Salvador Dali illustrated several projects that hold true to his off-beat persona.
Dali created several theater backdrops, including enormous illustrated curtains for the Metropolitan Opera's performances of the ballets "Labyrinth" in 1941 and "Mad Tristan" in 1944.
In 1945, Dali and Walt Disney began collaboration on an animated short based on Dali's paintings. However, Destino, which explored the story of Chronos, was left unfinished until completed by Walt's nephew, Roy E. Disney in 2003.
In 1955, comedian and bandleader Jackie Gleason asked Dali to design the cover art for his fifth LP, Lonesome Echo. Dali included this description on the cover: "The first effect is that of anguish, of space, and of solitude. Secondly, the fragility of the wings of a butterfly, projecting long shadows of late afternoon, reverberates in the landscape like an echo. The feminine element, distant and isolated, forms a perfect triangle with the musical instrument and its other echo, the shell."
In 1973, Dali illustrated the cookbook, Les Diners de Gala. Abound with surreal, erotic illustrations, the book appears to be a culinary love letter to his wife, Gala. The cookbook included such recipes as "Peacock a l’Impériale" and "Frog Pasties," in addition to many gastronomic tidbits as “I only like to eat what has a clear intelligible form. If I hate that detestable degrading vegetable called spinach, it is because it is shapeless, like Liberty.”
Illustrations by Salvador Dali
Dali, Salvador. "Les Diners de Gala," Felicie, 1973. Book