The paternal line was also influential during the artist’s childhood and youth. His uncle, Rafael Dalí, was a doctor established in Barcelona, but despite the distance, he maintained a good relationship with his brother. In fact, he was the one who got father and son to reconcile after the 1929 incident.
Salvador Dalí Cusí
In front of his father, Dalí felt as if he were William Tell’'s son. That’s why in 1930, he was photographed with a sea urchin plopped on his head: it was his apple. The look on his face through the camera lens was the expression of someone who may die at the hands of the very one who had given them life.
His father, Salvador Dalí Cusí, a professional notary and a highly respected person in Figueres, was a vital figure for him. He both admired and feared his father at the same time, as can be intuited in the portraits he dedicated to him during the early years. Then, as a surrealist and follower of psychoanalysis, the paternal figure became a constant source of inspiration, especially after the family falling out during the 1930s.