yeah that is a good one, i've seen the painting in glasgow i think, it's massive. i went to see it when i was there cos it's mentioned in the secret diary of adrian mole, i loved those books as an early teen.
i had a big problem with dali for ages, cos of the uni poster thing, where everyone had one (same issue with matisse), usually the melting clocks, but then i saw a few recently as paintings in madrid and there are some really good ones.
yeah, he definitely got high on his own supply. and in the context of all the other surrealist stuff, hes good, but there's some other really good stuff there. so i think you're right, he discredited the whole thing. i quite wanna rediscover surrealism, cos it was so influential on ballard. i checked out a few magrittes recently, i could get into him i think. and i love that acephale image that masson did