Maev Kennedy “Salvador Dalí portrait of estranged sister Ana Maria up for auction” https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/feb/27/salvador-dali-portrait-of-estranged-sister-ana-maria-up-for-auction
Ana Maria was Dalí’s favourite model when he was beginning his career as an artist and she was a teenager. He repeatedly drew and painted her from behind, often gazing out at the view from their seaside holiday home in Cadaqués*2. She recalled that she did not mind how long she sat for him, and that the experience gave her a lifelong love for the landscape of the view, but the angle he chose has led some of his biographers to claim that he had incestuous feelings for her.
Their relationship began to disintegrate a few years later, when Dalí met the formidable Gala, 10 years his senior and married to the surrealist poet Paul Éluard. She became his model, muse, wife and business manager, and both Ana Maria and their father detested her.
His sister hated the impression he gave in his writing of a troubled childhood and tormented relationship with their father and he in turn loathed her more idealised version in her memoir, Salvador Dalí As Seen By His Sister. He responded with a brutally explicit version of another portrait of her, this time inspired by an image in a pornographic magazine, showing her bending naked over the window sill, assaulted by flying phalluses, titled Young Virgin Autosodomized by Her Own Chastity.
In 1984, after Gala’s death, Dalí was taken to hospital after a fire at his home, which some suspected to be a suicide attempt. Although the siblings had not met for decades, she attempted a reconciliation. Both believed he was on his deathbed, but he shouted abuse at her and had her turned away from the room. They never met again, though he recovered sufficiently to return home, and died of heart failure in 1989 in his home at Figueres*3, which became his burial place and is now a museum. Ana Maria outlived him by five months, dying at their old home less than hour’s drive away.
Associated Press “Beloved hippopotamus 'Gustavito' beaten to death at El Salvador zoo” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/27/el-salvador-hippopotamus-beaten-death-gustavito
El Salvador is one of the world’s most violent countries, recording 5,278 homicides last year, or an average of 14 people killed per day. Most of the killings have been blamed on powerful street gangs*4.
*1:Mnetioned in http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20110119/1295413610 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20141110/1415586266 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20150127/1422371534 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20160420/1461173927
*4:See Nina Lakhani “'We fear soldiers more than gangsters': El Salvador's 'iron fist' policy turns deadly” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/06/el-salvador-gangs-police-violence-distrito-italia See also Associated Press “A day without murder: no one is killed in El Salvador for first time in two years” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/12/el-salvador-homicide-rate-murder-two-years http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20170113/1484279753