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Елена Ивановна (Diakonova) Dali (1894 - 1982)

Елена Ивановна (Gala) "Elena Ivanovna" Dali formerly Diakonova aka Дьяконова
Born in Kazan, Kazan Governorate, Russiamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 21 Feb 1917 (to 15 Jul 1931) in Paris XVIII, Seine, Francemap
Wife of — married 21 Feb 1917 (to 15 Jul 1931) in Paris, Seine, Franciamap
Wife of — married 1934 [location unknown]
Mother of
Died in Port Lligat, Catalonia, Spainmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 May 2015 | Last significant change: 26 May 2020
10:07: Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin edited the data for Елена Ивановна (Diakonova) Dali (1894-1982). [Thank Isabelle for this]
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Elena Ivanovna Diakonovna, known as "Gala" was the wife and muse of painter Salvador Dalí.

Born in Kazan on September 7, 1894 (old style: 16 August 1894), she was the daughter of Ivan Diakonov and Antonina Deoulina.[1]. She was the wife of poet Paul Éluard from 1917 to 1931, the lover of painter Max Ernst, and finally married Dalí in 1932. She died in 1982 in Port Ligat, Spain[2].

Elena Diakonova (rendered as "Hélène Diakonoff" in French) married Eugène Émile Paul Grindel (known as Paul Éluard) on 21 February 1917 in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. The marriage act states that she was born on 26 August 1894[3] in Kazan, the daughter of Ivan Diakonoff (Diakonov) and Antonina Deoulina. The couple was divorced on 15 July 1931 per judgment given by the Tribunal Civil de la Seine, transcribed on 15 December 1931[1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 Acte de mariage: Acte 379, Mariages 1917 Paris XVIIIème, Archives de Paris cote 18M 473 du 19 février 1917 (acte n° 367) au 26 mars 1917 (acte n° 549) vue 2, consulté le 25 janvier 2019
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Gala Dalí," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed May 26, 2020).
  3. This refers to her date of birth according to the Julian calendar, then still in use in Russia. Her New Style (Gregorian) date of birth is September 7, 1894

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