Salvador Dali

Born in: 1904

Spain

Biography

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, 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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Salvador Dali, Les chairs monarchiques, Print

Salvador Dali

Les chairs monarchiques, 1971
56 x 76 cm
Print

2 850 €

Salvador Dali, 75 aniversario FC Barcelona, Print

Salvador Dali

75 aniversario FC Barcelona, 1974
100 x 50 x 10 cm
Print

14 000 €

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

Salvador Dali

Moi, aussi, j'ai connu l'Empereur, 1970
65 x 50 cm
Print

4 000 €

Salvador Dali, Diamond Head, Print

Salvador Dali

Diamond Head, 1980
76.2 x 55.9 cm
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Salvador Dali, Le Voyeur, Painting

Salvador Dali

Le Voyeur, 1974
65 x 51 x 2 cm
Painting

108 000 €

Salvador Dali, L'enigme sans fin, Print

Salvador Dali

L'enigme sans fin, 1985
50 x 70 x 3 cm
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Salvador Dali, La tentation de Saint-Antoine, Print

Salvador Dali

La tentation de Saint-Antoine, 1982
56 x 76 x 5 cm
Print

3 400 €

Salvador Dali, Retrospective II: Birth of Venus (Torso), Print

Salvador Dali

Retrospective II: Birth of Venus (Torso), 1979
76 x 56 cm
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Salvador Dali, Rome of Cadaqués, Print

Salvador Dali

Rome of Cadaqués, 1972
56 x 76 cm
Print

1 820 €

Salvador Dali, Aphothéose, Print

Salvador Dali

Aphothéose, 1972
66 x 51 cm
Print

1 950 €

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