Salvador Dal¡ was many things to many people: painter, etcher, sculptor, magician, aspiring alchemist. His parents regarded him as the reincarnation of his deceased older brother Salvador, and they made Dal¡ his namesake. Living in his brother's shadow from his birth, the younger Salvador Dal¡ formed a unique point of view of the world. Visual references to his ever-present, ever-absent brother, the passive figure of a slender man casting a long shadow, would appear in many of Dal¡'s works. In 1929 he was formally invited to join the Surrealist group in Paris. After meeting Surrealist poet Paul Eluard and his wife Gala, he fell in love with the poet's wife and ran away with her. The following year Dal¡ and Gala settled at Port Lligat, Spain. In 1934, at the age of 30, Dal¡ exhibited a group of drawings and engravings inspired by the Comte de Lautr?ament's Chants de Maldoror, where he first met Pierre Argillet, a photographer and publisher who would encourage him to publish his visual interpretations of many more auspicious literary works. Argillet himself published many of Dal¡'s etchings and drypoints from 1960 to 1973. In 1939 Dal¡ was formally expelled from the Surrealists for his return to a more classical style and because he refused to support their political agenda. His outrageous statements, such as, "I am Surrealism", further infuriated his Surrealist colleagues, who felt his ego could no longer be contained within the group. In 1940 the Dal¡s fled France shortly before the Nazi invasion. Picasso paid for their passage from Lisbon to America where they lived for eight years in Virginia, California and New York City, respectively. In the United States, Dal¡ made initial contact with some of his greatest patrons, and he collaborated with Walt Disney on Destino (finally released in the spring of 2004) and with Alfred Hitchcock on the dream sequence in Spellbound.