Hi peeps, Ruan over here.  

I’m really glad to be here once again updating our 420th post at VPFI!

Que tal aproveitar essa sexta-feira para estudar um pouco de reading? Para você que não sabe o que é “reading”, nada mais é do que a leitura, parte muito importante na jornada rumo a fluência é praticar a leitura e estou aqui para te ajudar nisso!

Ler é um atividade que vai te ajudar a adquirir muito vocabulário novo, ajuda a fixar melhor as palavras e faz muito bem para saúde.

O text in english de hoje vai falar sobre um grande artista conhecido no mundo todo pela maioria das pessoas, ele é muito famoso por suas pinturas, sem dúvida um grande artista, vamos falar hoje do grande Salvador Dali!

Lembrando que nem só as perguntas abaixo são a forma de estudo, você pode usar o texto de várias maneiras diferentes como pesquisar por palavras que você não conhece e melhorar seu vocabulário, ou até treinar seu reading em voz alta para melhorar sua dicção ao ler em inglês, você pode também ler o texto e fazer um resumo em inglês com seu vocabulário sobre o que você entendeu, enfim as opções são muitas basta ter criatividade e estudar! 

Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, on 11 May 1904. Dali’s father was strict in the education of his children unlike the mother. Dali had a brother named Salvador who was born nine months before him and died of gastroenteritis. When he was five, Dalí was taken to his brother’s grave and was told that he was his brother’s reincarnation.

Early age

At an early age, Salvador Dali’s parents encouraged him to produce highly sophisticated drawings and was sent to drawing school in Figueres, Spain, in 1916.

In February 1921, Dalí’s mother died of breast cancer. Dalí was 16 years old; he later said his mother’s death was the greatest blow he had experienced in his life. After her death, Dalí’s father married his deceased wife’s sister. Dalí did not resent this marriage, because he had a great love and respect for his aunt.

The development of his own style

In 1922, Dalí moved to Madrid and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando where he already drew attention as an eccentric and dandy. He was influenced by several different artistic styles, including Metaphysics and Cubism. Dalí was expelled from the Academy in 1926, shortly before his final exams when he was accused of starting an unrest.

Later, Dali visited Paris where he met Pablo Picasso whom he revered. Picasso had already heard favorable reports about Dalí from Joan Miró, a fellow Catalan who introduced him to many Surrealist friends. As he developed his own style over the next few years, Dalí made a number of works heavily influenced by Picasso and Miró.

Marriage to Gala

In August 1929, Dalí met his lifelong and primary muse, inspiration, and future wife Gala. She was a Russian immigrant ten years his senior. They married in 1934. In addition to inspiring many artworks throughout her life, Gala would act as Dalí’s business manager.

Dali’s work

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Arab lineage

Salvador Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to an “Arab lineage”, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.

Eccentric manner

Salvador was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem, and to the irritation of his critics.


In 1980 at age 76, Dalí’s health took a catastrophic turn. His right hand trembled terribly, with Parkinson-like symptoms. His near-senile wife allegedly had been dosing him with a dangerous cocktail of unprescribed medicine that damaged his nervous system, thus causing an untimely end to his artistic capacity.

His wife Gala died on 10 June 1982, at the age of 87. After Gala’s death, Dalí lost much of his will to live. On the morning of 23 January 1989, while his favorite record of Tristan and Isolde played, Dalí died of heart failure at Figueres at the age of 84.



  1. In April 1887, Dalí met his lifelong and primary muse, inspiration, and future wife Gala
    a.  True
    b.  False
  2. His wife Gala died on 10 June 1982, at the age of 87.
    a.  True
    b.  False
  3. After Gala’s death, Dalí didn’t lose much of his will to live.
    a.  True
    b.  False
  4. At an early age, Salvador Dali’s parents encouraged him to produce highly sophisticated drawings
    a.  True
    b.  False

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