Louis XIV, called the “Sun King" or "Roy Soleil," was one of the monarchs who did the most to promote the importance and magnificence of France. Intrigued by his authority and power, Salvador Dali was also captivated by his sense of refinement and taste for luxury and the arts, which he too treasured.
Modeling himself after the Roy Soleil, Salvador Dali wore the same thin moustache as the monarch, which greatly contributed to his fame. A refined and elegant dandy, he never went out without his walking stick, just like Louis XIV, it seems... He lived in a suite at the Paris Hotel Le Meurice, one the most luxurious hotels in the capital.
In 1945, Salvador Dali completed a watercolor in tribute to the Roy Soleil, later inspiring Parfums Salvador Dali to create a new fragrance collection.