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Salvador Dalí asks Would You Like a Moustache?

Salvador Dalí was an amazing character, artist, writer and probably a lot more. He is the leading figure in the world of surreal art, and was himself something of a work of living art, down to his distinctive moustache. The man was himself a total original.

dali's moustache Book coverWhy the moustache? Dalí said,

“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health. However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?” Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.”

This book is by Dalí and his photographer friend Philippe Halsman, who worked with him on many projects. It’s called a photographic interview. It’s available on

“As Halsman explains in his postface, Dali’s Mustache is the fruit of this marriage of the minds. The jointly conceived and seemingly nonsensical questions and answers reveal the gleeful humor and assumed cynicism for which Dali is famous, while the marvelous and inspired images of Dali’s mustache brilliantly display Halsman’s consummate skill and extraordinary inventiveness as a photographer.”



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