The secret to Dalí's flowing watches


The year is 1956, Salvador Dalí is at the height of his fame. The eccentric Catalan lies on the terrace of his property and dozes. After a sumptuous snack and a few glasses of heavy Spanish red wine, there must also be a nap for a painter who shocks the world with his surrealist visions, before he is again called to duty by the easel. The merciless sun of Spain burns down on the remnants of his meal while the maestro is taking his nap.

Two hours later, the painter's prince awakens and does not believe his eyes: Normandy's Camembert d'Isigny has become self-sufficient in the midday heat and, half melted, hangs down over the edge of the table. Dalí hurries to the easel and throws the running cheese on the screen in a true creative rush.

"There's just more symbolism in it, people need a puzzle to worry about," according to the laconic commentary of marketing genius Dalí, who knew he would not buy such a cheese.


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