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Salvador Dali

Born in: 1904

Spain

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Salvador Dalí, in full Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech (born May 11, 1904, Figueras, Spain - died January 23, 1989, Figueras), Spanish surrealist painter  and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery.

As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí assimilated a vast number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical facility as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s, however, that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style: his discovery of Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery and his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish the “greater reality" of the human subconscious over reason. To bring up images from his subconscious mind, Dalí began to induce hallucinatory states in himself by a process he described as “paranoiac critical." 

Once Dalí hit on that method, his painting style matured with extraordinary rapidity, also thanks to René Magritte and Joan Miró and from 1929 to 1937 he produced the paintings which made him the world's best-known Surrealist artist. He depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed, deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational fashion.

With the Spanish director Luis Buñuel, Dalí made two Surrealistic films—Un Chien andalou (1928; An Andalusian Dog) and L'Âge d'or (1930; The Golden Age)—that are similarly filled with grotesque but highly suggestive images.

In the late 1930s Dalí switched to painting in a more-academic style under the influence of the Renaissance painter Raphael, and, as a consequence, he was expelled from the Surrealist movement. Thereafter he spent much of his time designing theatre sets, interiors of fashionable shops, and jewelry as well as exhibiting his genius for flamboyant self-promotional stunts in the United States, where he lived from 1940 to 1955.

In the period from 1950 to 1970, Dalí painted many works with religious themes, though he continued to explore erotic subjects, to represent childhood memories, and to use themes centring on his wife, Gala. Notwithstanding their technical accomplishments, those later paintings are not as highly regarded as the artist's earlier works. The most interesting and revealing of Dalí's books is The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942-44).

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Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Memories of Surrealism / Space Elephant, Print

Salvador Dali

Memories of Surrealism / Space Elephant, 1971
20.6 x 16.3 inch
Print

$2,455

Salvador Dali, Le Voyeur, Painting

Salvador Dali

Le Voyeur, 1974
25.6 x 20.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$132,552

Salvador Dali, Venus spatiale, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Venus spatiale, 1984
26 x 13.8 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$33,138

Salvador Dali, La bénédiction, Drawing

Salvador Dali

La bénédiction, 1969
12.6 x 10.2 inch
Drawing

$14,728

Salvador Dali, Jugement de Paris, Print

Salvador Dali

Jugement de Paris, 1971
31.1 x 22.4 inch
Print

$2,946

Salvador Dali, The Twelve Tribes of Israel / Reuben, Print

Salvador Dali

The Twelve Tribes of Israel / Reuben, 1973
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,455

Salvador Dali, New Mythological Suite/ Adam et Eve, Print

Salvador Dali

New Mythological Suite/ Adam et Eve, 1973
23.2 x 15.4 inch
Print

$2,455

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : Frocin, the Bad Dwarf, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : Frocin, the Bad Dwarf, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : Under the Parasol Pine, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : Under the Parasol Pine, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : Iseult and Branguine, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : Iseult and Branguine, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Aphothéose, Print

Salvador Dali

Aphothéose, 1972
26 x 20.1 inch
Print

$2,393

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : The Lovers Condemned, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : The Lovers Condemned, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : The Queen with Silk Tunic, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : The Queen with Silk Tunic, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : The Queen with Silk Tunic, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : The Queen with Silk Tunic, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : The Three Bad Barons, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : The Three Bad Barons, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : The Giant Beliagog, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : The Giant Beliagog, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : The Cavaliers of King Arthur, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : The Cavaliers of King Arthur, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : Iseult of the White Hands, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : Iseult of the White Hands, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : Mad Tristan, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : Mad Tristan, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : Tristan's Last Fight, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : Tristan's Last Fight, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Tristan and Iseult : Tristan's Testament, Print

Salvador Dali

Tristan and Iseult : Tristan's Testament, 1970
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Print

$1,473

Salvador Dali, Flordali - Les Fruits : Pomme dragon, Print

Salvador Dali

Flordali - Les Fruits : Pomme dragon, 1969
22.2 x 14.6 inch
Print

$3,559

Salvador Dali, Flordali - Les Fruits : Pamplemousse érotique, Print

Salvador Dali

Flordali - Les Fruits : Pamplemousse érotique, 1969
22.2 x 14.6 inch
Print

$3,559

Salvador Dali, Flordali - Les Fruits : Fruits troués, Print

Salvador Dali

Flordali - Les Fruits : Fruits troués, 1969
22.2 x 14.6 inch
Print

$3,559

Salvador Dali, Rome of Cadaqués, Print

Salvador Dali

Rome of Cadaqués, 1972
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$2,234

Salvador Dali, Flordali - Les Fruits : Prunier hâtif, Print

Salvador Dali

Flordali - Les Fruits : Prunier hâtif, 1969
22.2 x 14.6 inch
Print

$3,559

Salvador Dali, Flordali - Les Fruits : Poire Don Quichotte, Print

Salvador Dali

Flordali - Les Fruits : Poire Don Quichotte, 1969
22.2 x 14.6 inch
Print

$3,559

Salvador Dali, Des rois pendus aux arbres qui bordent un fleuve lent..., Print

Salvador Dali

Des rois pendus aux arbres qui bordent un fleuve lent..., 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$2,884

Salvador Dali, Le Désert avec sa piste d'orfèvreries abandonnées et d'ossements, Print

Salvador Dali

Le Désert avec sa piste d'orfèvreries abandonnées et d'ossements, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$2,884

Salvador Dali, Le soleil couchant allonge le squelette noir d'un grand cheval, très grand...la tête est soutenue par le fer d'une lance, Print

Salvador Dali

Le soleil couchant allonge le squelette noir d'un grand cheval, très grand...la tête est soutenue par le fer d'une lance, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$2,884

Salvador Dali, Sa symétrie n'appartenait ni au hasard ni à la nature, Print

Salvador Dali

Sa symétrie n'appartenait ni au hasard ni à la nature, 1973
24.4 x 17.3 inch
Print

$4,787

Salvador Dali, Alexandre le regarda avec des yeux courrouces et le cheval s'agenouilla, Print

Salvador Dali

Alexandre le regarda avec des yeux courrouces et le cheval s'agenouilla, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$4,787

Salvador Dali, C'est très loin, très loin dans l'espace ou moins l'orient et c'est un temps très ancien, Print

Salvador Dali

C'est très loin, très loin dans l'espace ou moins l'orient et c'est un temps très ancien, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$4,787

Salvador Dali, Darius jura qu'il pendrait Alexandre qui servirait de patte aux oiseaux, Print

Salvador Dali

Darius jura qu'il pendrait Alexandre qui servirait de patte aux oiseaux, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$4,787

Salvador Dali, Comment sont ses yeux ? Tiens ! Un bleu et un noir. Alexandre de Macédoine, Print

Salvador Dali

Comment sont ses yeux ? Tiens ! Un bleu et un noir. Alexandre de Macédoine, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$4,787

Salvador Dali, Il y a des soldats tout hérissés de pointes de fer comme les châtaignes. Ils portent des faux, Print

Salvador Dali

Il y a des soldats tout hérissés de pointes de fer comme les châtaignes. Ils portent des faux, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$4,787

Salvador Dali, L'arrivée de la mousson le bucher le bicéphale, Print

Salvador Dali

L'arrivée de la mousson le bucher le bicéphale, 1973
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$4,787

Salvador Dali, Moi, aussi, j'ai connu l'Empereur, Print

Salvador Dali

Moi, aussi, j'ai connu l'Empereur, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$4,909

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Femme à la tête de rose, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Femme à la tête de rose, 1984
33.5 x 21.3 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$25,774

Salvador Dali, 75 aniversario FC Barcelona, Print

Salvador Dali

75 aniversario FC Barcelona, 1974
39.4 x 19.7 x 3.9 inch
Print

$17,183

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, L'enigme sans fin, Print

Salvador Dali

L'enigme sans fin, 1985
19.7 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

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Salvador Dali, Diamond Head, Print

Salvador Dali

Diamond Head, 1980
30 x 22 inch
Print

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Salvador Dali, La tentation de Saint-Antoine, Print

Salvador Dali

La tentation de Saint-Antoine, 1982
22 x 29.9 x 2 inch
Print

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