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artist Salvador Dali/2

  • Illustrations, paintings of surrealism art, fantastic art by the artist Salvador Dali.
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  • All artwork displayed on this web page is copyrighted property of Salvador Dali and his legal representatives.
  • Visit his official site at Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation: official website.
  • The biography of Salvador Dali is available below.
  • Samples of his artwork are displayed below. Click on thumbnail to get a larger image.

Biography of Salvador Dali (1904-89)

Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and designer. After passing through phases of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical painting, he joined the Surrealists in 1929 and his talent for self-publicity rapidly made him the most famous representative of the movement. Throughout his life he cultivated eccentricity and exhibitionism (one of his most famous acts was appearing in a diving suit at the opening of the London Surrealist exhibition in 1936), claiming that this was the source of his creative energy. He took over the Surrealist theory of automatism but transformed it into a more positive method which he named `critical paranoia'. According to this theory one should cultivate genuine delusion as in clinical paranoia while remaining residually aware at the back of one's mind that the control of the reason and will has been deliberately suspended. He claimed that this method should be used not only in artistic and poetical creation but also in the affairs of daily life. His paintings employed a meticulous academic technique that was contradicted by the unreal `dream' space he depicted and by the strangely hallucinatory characters of his imagery. He described his pictures as `hand-painted dream photographs' and had certain favorite and recurring images, such as the human figure with half-open drawers protruding from it, burning giraffes, and watches bent and flowing as if made from melting wax (The Persistence of Memory, MOMA, New York; 1931).

In 1937 Dalí visited Italy and adopted a more traditional style; this together with his political views (he was a supporter of General Franco) led Breton to expel him from the Surrealist ranks. He moved to the USA in 1940 and remained there until 1955. During this time he devoted himself largely to self-publicity; his paintings were often on religious themes (The Crucifixion of St John of the Cross, Glasgow Art Gallery, 1951), although sexual subjects and pictures centring on his wife Gala were also continuing preoccupations. In 1955 he returned to Spain and in old age became a recluse.

Apart from painting, Dalí's output included sculpture, book illustration, jewellery design, and work for the theatre. In collaboration with the director Luis Buñuel he also made the first Surrealist films---Un chien andalou (1929) and L'Age d'or (1930)---and he contributed a dream sequence to Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945). He also wrote a novel, Hidden Faces (1944) and several volumes of flamboyant autobiography. Although he is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, his status is controversial; many critics consider that he did little if anything of consequence after his classic Surrealist works of the 1930s. There are museums devoted to Dalí's work in Figueras, his home town in Spain, and in St Petersburg in Florida.

IMPORTANT - This Salvador Dali biography was borrowed from the excelent website Duke University.

Virtual Classical Art Gallery - Samples of artworks from Salvador Dali
dali_face_of_mae_west_which_may_be_used_as_a_surrealist_apartment_1934-5 dali_female_bather_1928 dali_invisible_sleeper_horse_lion_1930 dali_living_still_life_1956 dali_necrophilic_fountain_gushing_out_of_a_grand_piano_1933 dali_partial_hallucination_%286_apparitions_of_lenin_on_a_piano%29_1931
dali_face_of_mae... dali_female_bath... dali_invisible_s... dali_living_stil... dali_necrophilic... dali_partial_hal...
dali_portrait_of_a_girl_in_a_landscape_c1924-6 dali_portrait_of_gala_with_two_lamb_chops_balanced_on_her_sho dali_portrait_of_the_artist%27s_father_1925 dali_raphaelesque_head_exploded_1951 dali_sleep_1937 dali_soft_construction_with_boiled_beans_%28premonition_of_civil_war%29_1936
dali_portrait_of... dali_portrait_of... dali_portrait_of... dali_raphaelesqu... dali_sleep_1937.jpg dali_soft_constr...
dali_swans_reflected_in_elephants_1937 dali_the_birth_of_liquid_desires_1932 dali_the_enigma_of_desire_1929 dali_the_enigma_of_william_tell_1933 dali_transparent_simulacrum_of_the_feigned_image_1938 dali_venus_and_sailor_1925
dali_swans_refle... dali_the_birth_o... dali_the_enigma_... dali_the_enigma_... dali_transparent... dali_venus_and_s...
dali_vertigo_1930 dali_william_tell_1930
dali_vertigo_193... dali_william_tel...

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