Salvador Dalí’s initial coming in a pages of TIME came in 1934, with a disclaimer that “pale immature people who splash sherry during tiny tables and confirm a latest vogues in art were all finished with surrealism years ago.” The word had been coined a decade earlier, and a transformation with that Dalí was many compared was seen by some as passé. And nonetheless here came a Spanish artist, by approach of Paris, nearing in New York City “with a bucket of minutely embellished canvases to confuse to eye of logic.”

It was immediately clear, a repository explained, that Dalí was there to make a mark:

Reporters were ushered into his hotel apartment that had been prepared as a visible intent lesson. In a centre of a room was a tiny table. On a list was a red plush Catalan autocracy top and a rocking chair. Balanced on a chair of a chair was a yellow shadowy list lamp. There were also dual six-foot loaves of French bread on a mantelpiece and a ensign with a bizarre device: a white skull, a key, a leaf, a woman’s slipper and a letters DALI.

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Salvador Dali on a cover of TIME magazine, 1934.Salvador Dali on a cover of TIME magazine, 1934.
TIME MagazineSalvador Dali on a cover of TIME magazine, 1934.

By a time a artist was featured on a magazine’s cover in 1936, he had clearly valid his doubters wrong. New York City’s Museum of Modern Art was endeavour a vital muster of surrealist art, including his own, and it was widely concurred “surrealism would never have captivated a benefaction courtesy in a U. S. were it not for a large 32-year-old Catalan with a soothing voice and a clipped cinemactor’s mustache, Salvador Dalí.”

One early definition of Dalí’s code of surrealism, as per TIME, was that it used “distortions of informed objects.” In respect of a anniversary of Dalí’s May 11, 1904, birth, here are 10 of a many suitably surreal portraits of a artist that we could find.