Sébastien Bordenave 11:17 am, September 18, 2023

The comic strip "Dalí - Volume 1 - Before Gala" looks back at the story of the artist Salvador Dali before he met his wife. A way to discover the tumultuous youth of this completely crazy artist.

A journey through time and surrealist art. A fabulous comic book that tells the tumultuous and eccentric youth about a completely crazy artist: Salvador Dalí. This comic book with the eponymous title chooses to tell his life before his meeting with his wife Gala.

Gala that will have an immense importance in Dalí's life. The comic begins in 1929: Picasso and Paul Eluard discuss, the latter tells him that a young artist revolves around his wife. His wife is Gala, and the young man is Dalí.


To seduce Gala, Dalí tells her about his life: the opportunity for us to discover in comics the madness of the artist. How, for example, at the School of Fine Arts in Madrid, where he was asked to draw the Virgin, he drew a scale because after all "from the Virgin to the scale, there is only one sign".

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His accomplices at the time were Frederico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel. Lorca, a homosexual, loves Dalí, but as Dalí says "it is a love so great that it must remain unfulfilled". Dali will eventually join Bunuel in Paris: he will discover the surrealists, and the first thing Dalí does in Paris is ask to visit the most chic brothel, the Chabanais.

The comic strip "Dalí - Tome 1 - Avant Gala" by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie (ed. Dargaud) is bubbling with dark creativity. Dalí said, "the only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not crazy": in any case, this comic, you will love it, madly.