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Inspired by Dali

“My whole ambition in the pictorial domain is to materialize the images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialist fury of precision." Salvador Dali defined his artistic aim in these words. To achieve this, Dali sought to provoke a state of exaltation that would free his creative activity to produce his “hand-painted photographs of dreams."

The artist was influenced by Cubism and Dadaism, and his encounter with Picasso in Paris. Marcel Duchamp's readymade also inspired him, these mundane objects turned into art solely on the artist's decision: he extended the concept by associating multiple unrelated objects in his artworks.

Dali was also fascinated with Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity, published in 1920, who defined gravitation as a deformation of the space-time dimension. He drew inspiration from the theory to create his iconic artwork Persistency of Memory, artistic illustration of the literal translation of this time deformation? In this whimsical artwork, the viewer dives into Dali's strange and dreamlike world. At first, the viewer only sees a large deserted scene, until he starts noticing details on the foreground, particularly the famous “melting" clocks. By suggesting that metallic watches can melt and soften, Dali questions our ideas on the physical world and our time perception. In a broader sense, the artwork also evokes the fatality of death; these watches, although they do not indicate the same time, remind us that every minute in the life of an individual slowly gets him closer to death.

Dali's art, his behaviour, extravagance, and eccentric moustache have become the emblems of Surrealism. This movement was born in Paris at the beginning of the 1920s, created by the French avant-garde poets André Breton and Louis Aragon. Surrealism became one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century. The many artists that took part in the movement believed that by unleashing the subconscious mind to reconcile it with the conscious, humanity would go beyond the diktats of logic and rationality. Many are influenced by Sigmund Freud's metaphysical ideas, for whom dream analyses help to seize the subconscious by shedding light on memories and repressed desires. Therefore, art and modern painting have to free one's psyche, haunted by fundamental concerns, such as sex, death, violence, impulsions, fear, eroticism.

Salvador Dali is linked, like René Magritte, to a specific form of surrealism, called “oneiric/dreamlike," in which artists use traditional techniques to depict their dream or nightmares. The Catalan painter rendered surrealism popular thanks to his first solo exhibition in 1929 and his hallucinatory artworks which explore his reminiscences, his phobias, his perversions and his desires. His avant-garde artworks still influence contemporary artists. For example, Jeff Koons has paid a double tribute to Dali, with his Lobster's bent moustaches and evokes one of his artworks the Lobster Phone. And he is far from being the only artist inspired by the eccentric and provocative master. In this selection, Artsper plunges you into the mysterious universe of some of our most talented artists, all marked by the Spanish painter's extravagant oeuvre.

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Our recommendations Philippe Ramette, Promenade irrationnelle, Photography

Philippe Ramette

Promenade irrationnelle, 2003
59.1 x 47.2 inch


Chris Morin-Eitner, Jungle Grand Palais, Photography

Chris Morin-Eitner

Jungle Grand Palais, 2016
47.2 x 70.9 inch


Sean MacLeod, Waiting for the birds, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Waiting for the birds, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Roberto Battistini, Gainsbourg- Dali Sylver- Grey, Photography

Roberto Battistini

Gainsbourg- Dali Sylver- Grey, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Maurice Tabard, Untitled (Salvador Dali Homage), Print

Maurice Tabard

Untitled (Salvador Dali Homage), 1940
11.75 x 9.5 inch


Holly King, Dusking Time, Sphere, Photography

Holly King

Dusking Time, Sphere, 2016
48 x 72 inch


Our recommendations Axe Colours, Dali, Print

Axe Colours

Dali, 2014
11.8 x 8.3 inch


Luc Fuller, Untitled (Clock Painting), Painting

Luc Fuller

Untitled (Clock Painting), 1989
48.4 x 33.1 x 1.2 inch


Speedy Graphito, Daliwood, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Daliwood, 2005
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Samsofy, La Cité du Temps, Photography


La Cité du Temps, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Romain Dorez, King of time, Painting

Romain Dorez

King of time, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Feng Hatat, Tamago 2, Photography

Feng Hatat

Tamago 2, 2014
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Le Closier, Dali, Painting

Le Closier

Dali, 2018
41.3 x 38.6 x 0.4 inch


Catherine Clare, Tamanoir, hommage à Dali, Sculpture

Catherine Clare

Tamanoir, hommage à Dali, 2017
7.5 x 11.8 x 5.1 inch


Pierre Kroll, Belgique Roi surréaliste Dali, Print

Pierre Kroll

Belgique Roi surréaliste Dali, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Man Ray, A l'Heure de l'Observatoire - Les Amoureux, Print

Man Ray

A l'Heure de l'Observatoire - Les Amoureux, 1970
26.8 x 40.9 inch


Vladimir Bazan, Le temps qui passe au Musée d'Orsay, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Le temps qui passe au Musée d'Orsay, 2010
19.7 x 34.6 inch


Philippe Sainte Fauste, Dali Soft Watch, Drawing

Philippe Sainte Fauste

Dali Soft Watch, 2018
2.6 x 6.3 x 0 inch


Max Rovira, Dali V, Painting

Max Rovira

Dali V, 2014
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Michel Hosszù, L'oeuf, Photography

Michel Hosszù

L'oeuf, 1972
17.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch


Iszchan Nazarian, Dalí, Painting

Iszchan Nazarian

Dalí, 2009
43.5 x 48 inch


Nouna, Bouche 'Dali', Sculpture


Bouche 'Dali', 2018
15 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch


Jopy, Dali prend son temps / Dali takes his time, Painting


Dali prend son temps / Dali takes his time, 2017
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Spiktri, Sculpture origin Dali Montre Mole, Sculpture


Sculpture origin Dali Montre Mole, 2016
67.3 x 41.3 x 17.7 inch


Vikram Kushwah, Deer and the Clock, Photography

Vikram Kushwah

Deer and the Clock, 2014
19.7 x 23.6 inch


Spiktri, Sculpture street Gangstart Dali graff duo 99, Painting


Sculpture street Gangstart Dali graff duo 99, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Richard Ferri-Pisani, Salvador Dali, Painting

Richard Ferri-Pisani

Salvador Dali, 2017
15 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch


Mehdi Mirbagheri, Lips collection, Photography

Mehdi Mirbagheri

Lips collection, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch


Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy, The secret , Painting

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy

The secret , 2012
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


Catherine Théry, La Flûte enchantée - Hommage à Dali, Photography

Catherine Théry

La Flûte enchantée - Hommage à Dali, 2016
35.4 x 43.3 x 2.8 inch


Ben Goossens (BEL), Observatory, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Observatory, 2008
16 x 20 inch


Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy, New times 6, Painting

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy

New times 6, 2016
23.6 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch


Koji Nagai, Kolaj N°47, Print

Koji Nagai

Kolaj N°47, 2014
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Anne Rosenblatt, Dali, Painting

Anne Rosenblatt

Dali, 2018
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Philip Mckay, Time Will Tell, Photography

Philip Mckay

Time Will Tell, 2015
14 x 12 inch


Catherine Théry, Il est mon corps moins le quart- Hommage à Dali, Photography

Catherine Théry

Il est mon corps moins le quart- Hommage à Dali, 2016
39.4 x 49.2 x 2.8 inch


Virginia (Luna Rosa) Hernandez, Renacer, Painting

Virginia (Luna Rosa) Hernandez

Renacer, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Eric Wetter, Dali, Painting

Eric Wetter

Dali, 2018
47.2 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch


Ben Goossens (BEL), Fertility Rights, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Fertility Rights, 2005
16 x 20 inch


Gilles de Beauchêne, Saint Michel Oublié, Photography

Gilles de Beauchêne

Saint Michel Oublié, 2016
39.4 x 55.9 x 2 inch


Vikram Kushwah, A Restful Place, Photography

Vikram Kushwah

A Restful Place, 2014
19.7 x 23.6 inch


Pilar Albajar et Antonio Altarriba, Vie Sauvage - Mitin - Meeting, Photography

Pilar Albajar et Antonio Altarriba

Vie Sauvage - Mitin - Meeting, 2008
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Egle Karpaviciute, Salvador, Painting

Egle Karpaviciute

Salvador, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 1 inch


Francis Lagneau, La méthode paranoïaque critique, Painting

Francis Lagneau

La méthode paranoïaque critique, 2014
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Cassandre Anaya, L'Éveil d'Alice, Painting

Cassandre Anaya

L'Éveil d'Alice, 2018
57.5 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch


Jean-Yves Le Breton, Le temps est écoulé, Painting

Jean-Yves Le Breton

Le temps est écoulé, 2012
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch


Dominic Rouse, The Less Deceived, Photography

Dominic Rouse

The Less Deceived, 2000
15 x 12 inch


Natasha Zupan, Dreaming Dali, #2270 Diptych, Photography

Natasha Zupan

Dreaming Dali, #2270 Diptych, 2018
63 x 76 inch


Moze, Dalicolors, Painting


Dalicolors, 2018
35.4 x 27.6 inch


Condé Nast, Time Trap, Photography

Condé Nast

Time Trap, 2013
31.5 x 24 inch


Ole Ahlberg, Pâques surréaliste, Print

Ole Ahlberg

Pâques surréaliste, 1985
22.4 x 18.9 inch


Rafal Olbinski, Tales of Love (Ravens), Print

Rafal Olbinski

Tales of Love (Ravens), 2016
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch

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Sancko, Melting Lips, Sculpture


Melting Lips, 2017
24.4 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

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Alberto Blanchart, Dali Live, Painting

Alberto Blanchart

Dali Live, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 2 inch

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Max Rovira, Dali le Percutant, Painting

Max Rovira

Dali le Percutant, 2018
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch

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