He Believed He Was the Reincarnation of His Deceased Brother
Every parent tells their child a few harmless fibs, like that they’re allergic to candy or you can’t turn the car light on in the backseat. However, Dalí’s parents took it a little further and told him that he was a reincarnation of his brother – who died nine months before Dalí was born – and he totally believed them.
His brother was also named Salvador, and Dalí was taken to visit his older brother’s grave at age 5, where he was told by his parents that he was a reincarnation of the elder Salvador. This had a great psychological effect on him and influenced much of his art, including the 1963 Portrait Of My Dead Brother.