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Salvador Dalí, in full Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech, was born May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain, and died on January 23, 1989. This Spanish surrealist painter and printmaker was known for his explorations of subconscious imagery.


As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí absorbed a number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical dexterity as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style. First, his discovery of Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery. Second, his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish a “greater reality" of the human subconscious over reason. To evoke images from his subconscious mind, Dalí partook in self-induced hallucinatory states, a process he described as “paranoiac-critical". 


Upon Dalí establishing this method, his painting style matured at an extraordinary rate. Thanks to Rene Magritte and Joan Miró, from 1929 to 1937, Dalí had produced the artworks that had earned him the title of 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 manner.


The famous artist dabbled in other media as well. Alongside Spanish director Luis Buñuel, Dalí made two Surrealist 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. Dalí also wrote books; perhaps the most interesting and revealing being The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942-44).


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


From 1950 to 1970, Dalí painted many works with religious themes, although he continued to explore erotic subjects, childhood memories, and themes surrounding his wife, Gala. Despite their technical accomplishments, Dalí's later paintings are not as highly regarded as his earlier works. 

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Salvador Dali

Profil du temps, 1984 20.1 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch Sculpture

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Eléphant de Triomphe, 1984 20.9 x 9.8 x 5.7 inch Sculpture

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Salvador Dali, Ten of Staves, Print

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Ten of Staves, 1978 30 x 19 inch Print

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Salvador Dali, Eléphant spatial, Sculpture

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Eléphant spatial, 1980 37 x 16.9 x 5.5 inch Sculpture

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Salvador Dali, Christopher Columbus, Print

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Christopher Columbus, 1979 29.5 x 21 inch Print

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Salvador Dali, Danse du temps I, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Danse du temps I, 1984 15.2 x 7.5 x 8.1 inch Sculpture

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Salvador Dali, Vision de L’ange, Sculpture

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Vision de L’ange, 1984 17.3 x 13.6 x 13.6 inch Sculpture

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Salvador Dali, Le cheval à la montre molle, Sculpture

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Le cheval à la montre molle, 1980 17.3 x 22 x 6.7 inch Sculpture

£36,723

Salvador Dali, La Licorne, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

La Licorne, 1984 22.4 x 18.9 x 13.2 inch Sculpture

£34,026

Salvador Dali, La femme du temps, Sculpture

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La femme du temps, 1984 25.8 x 8.5 x 6.9 inch Sculpture

£30,084

Salvador Dali, Danseuse dalinienne, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Danseuse dalinienne, 1984 17.5 x 8.9 x 8.1 inch Sculpture

£30,084

Salvador Dali, Faust - Marguerite Gretchen, Print

Salvador Dali

Faust - Marguerite Gretchen, 1969 15.4 x 11.4 x 0 inch Print

£2,593

Salvador Dali, Faust - Buste, Print

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Faust - Buste, 1969 15.4 x 11.4 x 0 inch Print

£2,593

Salvador Dali, Le Tricorne - Hue Bourrique !, Print

Salvador Dali

Le Tricorne - Hue Bourrique !, 1959 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inch Print

£2,023

Salvador Dali, L'ange triomphant, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

L'ange triomphant, 1984 19.7 x 7.1 x 6.7 inch Sculpture

£27,490

Salvador Dali, L'escargot et l'ange, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

L'escargot et l'ange, 1984 17.3 x 23.6 x 13.8 inch Sculpture

£21,007

Salvador Dali, Danse du temps III, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Danse du temps III, 1984 10.4 x 8.1 x 7.5 inch Sculpture

£24,897

Salvador Dali, Danse du temps II, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Danse du temps II, 1984 12 x 8.1 x 7.5 inch Sculpture

£27,490

Salvador Dali, Faust - Vieux Faust, Print

Salvador Dali

Faust - Vieux Faust, 1969 15.4 x 11.4 x 0 inch Print

£2,593

Salvador Dali, Le Tricorne - Talents des deux conjoints, Print

Salvador Dali

Le Tricorne - Talents des deux conjoints, 1959 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inch Print

£2,023

Salvador Dali, Le Tricorne - Le fond du bonheur, Print

Salvador Dali

Le Tricorne - Le fond du bonheur, 1959 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inch Print

£1,867

Salvador Dali, Le Tricorne - Une femme vue de dehors, Print

Salvador Dali

Le Tricorne - Une femme vue de dehors, 1959 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inch Print

£2,490

Salvador Dali, Shared Sin, Print

Salvador Dali

Shared Sin, 1972 18.7 x 12.8 x 0 inch Print

£847

Salvador Dali, The Elephant and Jupiter's Monkey, Print

Salvador Dali

The Elephant and Jupiter's Monkey, 1974 22.8 x 30.5 x 0 inch Print

£1,210

Salvador Dali, Capricho de Goya n°63, Print

Salvador Dali

Capricho de Goya n°63, 1977 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.1 inch Print

£1,556

Salvador Dali, Capricho de Goya n°7, Print

Salvador Dali

Capricho de Goya n°7, 1977 17.5 x 12.2 x 0.1 inch Print

£1,556

Salvador Dali, La Tortue, Print

Salvador Dali

La Tortue, 1967 9.4 x 7.5 x 0 inch Print

£2,585

Salvador Dali, Jean de La Fontaine, Print

Salvador Dali

Jean de La Fontaine, 1974 29.9 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch Print

£1,124

Salvador Dali, Le Girafe en Feu, Print

Salvador Dali

Le Girafe en Feu, 1976 18.5 x 25 inch Print

£3,724

Salvador Dali, Daliean Prophesy, Print

Salvador Dali

Daliean Prophesy, 1975 22.25 x 30.25 inch Print

£3,310

Salvador Dali, Pastorale, Print

Salvador Dali

Pastorale, 1981 28.5 x 25 inch Print

£3,475

Salvador Dali, Caballero, Print

Salvador Dali

Caballero, 1968 40 x 32 inch Print

£9,929

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Salvador Dalí, in full Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech, was born May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain, and died on January 23, 1989. This Spanish surrealist painter and printmaker was known for his explorations of subconscious imagery.


As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí absorbed a number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical dexterity as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style. First, his discovery of Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery. Second, his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish a “greater reality" of the human subconscious over reason. To evoke images from his subconscious mind, Dalí partook in self-induced hallucinatory states, a process he described as “paranoiac-critical". 


Upon Dalí establishing this method, his painting style matured at an extraordinary rate. Thanks to Rene Magritte and Joan Miró, from 1929 to 1937, Dalí had produced the artworks that had earned him the title of 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 manner.


The famous artist dabbled in other media as well. Alongside Spanish director Luis Buñuel, Dalí made two Surrealist 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. Dalí also wrote books; perhaps the most interesting and revealing being The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942-44).


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


From 1950 to 1970, Dalí painted many works with religious themes, although he continued to explore erotic subjects, childhood memories, and themes surrounding his wife, Gala. Despite their technical accomplishments, Dalí's later paintings are not as highly regarded as his earlier works. 

What is Salvador Dali’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Surrealist Artists, Provocative Artists

When was Salvador Dali born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1904