1955: Salvador Dalí poses nude with a starfish at his seaside villa

In 1930, a few months after being expelled from his father's home, surrealist artist Salvador Dalí purchased a former fisherman's shack near the secluded village of Portlligat on Spain's Costa Brava.

He paid with some of the 20,000 francs that the Viscount of Noailles had given him as an advance on the painting that would become The Old Age of William Tell.

Over the next four decades, he purchased neighboring cabins, gradually expanding the property into a twisting, labyrinthine villa, packed with artwork and ephemera reflecting his unique obsessions and fixations.

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Savador Dali at home in the 1950s
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Savador Dali at home in the 1950s
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) relaxing, almost naked, on a beach near his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 Original Publication: People Disc - HW0319 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)
8th January 1955: Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) cavorting with arms raised on a rooftop at his home in Cadaques on the Costa Brava, Spain. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Getty Images)
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) viewing the camera through a magnifying glass at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)
8th January 1955: Artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) illustrates his own surrealist style in this series of poses at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Getty Images)
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989), his modesty protected only by a starfish, talking with Juan Figeuras on the rocks near his home in Cadaques. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 Original Publication: People Disc - HW0311 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) cavorting on a rooftop at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)
Spanish artist Salvador Dali, (1904 - 1989), one of the principal figures of the Surrealist Movement, in a multiple exposure pose at his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) with his wife Gala (1894 - 1982) at the garden of his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) clutches an ornate clock at his home in Cadaques on the Costa Brava, Spain, 8th January 1955. Original Publication : Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
8th January 1955: Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali wearing a customized pince-nez. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Getty Images)
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) clutches at the rock face at his home in Cadaques on the Costa Brava, Spain, 8th January 1955. Original Publication : Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) holds up two seashells at his home in Cadaques on the Costa Brava, Spain, 8th January 1955. Original Publication : Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Gala Dali (1894 - 1982), the wife of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali, at her home in Cadaques on the Costa Brava, Spain, 8th January 1955. Original Publication : Picture Post - 7465 - A Day With Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Salvador Dali (1904-1987), the Spanish Surrealist artist, at his home in Port Lligat, Spain, 1955. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Artist Salvador Dali, one of the leaders of the Surrealist movement, covered in seaweed in the sea near his home in Cadaques on the Spanish Costa Brava. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7465 - A Day with Salvador Dali - pub. 1955 (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)
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In 1955, photographer Charles Hewitt visited Dalí and his wife/muse/business manager Gala at their home to shoot photos for a Picture Post story entitled "A Day with Salvador Dalí."

The artist, never one to shy away from a little showmanship, gamely modeled for the camera.

 
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