Anti-Umbrella with Atomized Liquid
Salvador Dali ( Spanish, 1904 - 1989 )
"For beaches, like St. Tropez. This is a mechanism to help people remain healthy and beautiful. There are atomizers containing a very fine fluid concealed in the crown of the umbrella, and a button in the handle which activates them. So, a girl in a bikini, or without one, opens her umbrella which protects her from the sun and at the same time, by pushing a button, she is dripping with an atomized liquid like a rain of dew to tan and to nourish the skin with substances, for a triumphant dermatology." In 2004 one can compare Dalí's once outlandish Anti-Umbrella techniques to the sunless tanning solutions used today. To the right, Dalí smiles affectionately upon the indulgent vanity of his imagined client. The image of his head is an extracted portion of his own "Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon" (1941).