Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born on 11 May 1904, at 8:45 am GMT,[7] on the first floor of Carrer Monturiol, 20 (presently 6), in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region, close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain.[8] In the Summer of 1912, the family moved to the top floor of Carrer Monturiol 24 (presently 10).[9][10] Dalí's older brother, who had also been named Salvador (born 12 October 1901), had died of gastroenteritisnine months earlier, on 1 August 1903. His father, Salvador Dalí i Cusí, was a middle-class lawyer and notary[11] whose strict disciplinary approach was tempered by his wife, Felipa Domenech Ferrés, who encouraged her son's artistic endeavors.[12]

When he was five, Dalí was taken to his brother's grave and told by his parents that he was his brother's reincarnation,[13] a concept which he came to believe.[14] Of his brother, Dalí said, "[we] resembled each other like two drops of water, but we had different reflections."[15] He "was probably a first version of myself but conceived too much in the absolute."[15] Images of his long-dead brother would reappear embedded in his later works,