“The paranoiac critical method functions only on condition that it possesses a soft motor of divine origin, a living nucleus, a Gala”.
Gala is a historically fascinating character who gained fame and fortune upon meeting and marrying the artist Salvador Dalí in 1930s. A Russian divorcee, she quickly established herself on the Surrealist scene becoming intrinsically involved in Dalí’s life and his art both as his muse and his manager.
Gala, her real name being Elena Ivanovna Diakonova was Russian, born in Kazan in 1894. A secretive and intuitive woman, not afraid of controversy, she spent her childhood in Moscow and attended university courses at a finishing school in St Petersburg.
For Dalí, Gala has been “the most visible falling star, the most clearly outlined and the most finite”. In his book “Diary of a Genius” Dalí wrote: “I love her more than my mother, more than my father, more than Picasso, and even more than money”.