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Inspired by Dali

“My only ambition is to materialize with the most imperialist rage of precision the images of concrete irrationality." Salvador Dalí defined his artistic project with these words. In order to achieve this, Dalí sought to provoke a state of exaltation that would free his creative activity and produce what he called “hand-painted photographs of dreams."

The surrealist artist was influenced by Cubism and Dadaism, and his encounter with Pablo Picasso in Paris. Marcel Duchamp's ready-mades also inspired him, as mundane objects turned into art solely on the artist's decision. He extended this concept by associating multiple, unrelated objects in his own surrealist artworks.

Dalí was also fascinated with Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity, published in 1920, which defined gravity as a deformation of space and time. He drew inspiration from Einstein's theory to create his iconic artwork Persistence of Memory. The surrealist painting is an artistic illustration of the literal translation of time and its deformation. 

In this whimsical artwork, the viewer dives into Dalí'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, Dalí questions our perception of the physical world and of time. In a broader sense, the artwork also evokes the eventuality of death; these watches, although they do not indicate the same time, remind us that every minute in an individual's life slowly approaches them closer to death.

Dalí's art, as well as his extravagance, and eccentric moustache have become emblematic of Surrealism. This movement, born in Paris at the beginning of the 1920s, was 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, branching off into surrealist photography, painting and sculpture. Many of the artists who took part in the movement believed that by unleashing the subconscious, it would reconcile the mind with the conscious. As a result, humanity would go beyond the diktats of logic and rationality. 

Many were influenced by Sigmund Freud's ideas, for whom dream analysis provided insight into the subconscious, shedding light on repressed memories and desires. According to Freud, art and modern painting were therefore capable of freeing one's psyche, usually haunted by concerns such as sex, death, violence, impulsions, fear, eroticism.

Like René Magritte, Salvador Dalí is linked to a specific form of Surrealism, associated with dreams. These surrealist artists often used traditional techniques to depict their dream or nightmares. Dalí's first solo show in 1929 featured hallucinatory artworks that explored his phobias, his perversions and his desires. 

The influence of this surrealist master is still present among contemporary artists today. For example, Jeff Koons has paid a double tribute to the artist with his Lobster's bent moustaches and by evoking one of his artworks with the Lobster Phone. Fortunately, he is far from being the only artist inspired by the eccentric and provocative surrealist painter. 

In this selection, Artsper dives into the mysterious universes of some of our most talented artists, all marked by the Spanish painter's extravagant œuvre.

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Catherine Clare, Tamanoir, hommage à Dali, Sculpture

Catherine Clare

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

$879

Sean MacLeod, Waiting for the birds, Photography

Sean MacLeod

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

$3,768

Ronaldo Oliveira, Salvatore, Painting

Ronaldo Oliveira

Salvatore, 2019
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,884

Roberto Battistini, Gainsbourg- Dali Sylver- Grey, Photography

Roberto Battistini

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

$11,933

Ole Ahlberg, Pâques surréaliste, Print

Ole Ahlberg

Pâques surréaliste, 1985
22.4 x 18.9 inch
Print

$251

Qaligraf, Papel, Painting

Qaligraf

Papel, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$1,696

Luc Fuller, Untitled (Clock Painting), Painting

Luc Fuller

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

$5,793

Marian Williams, For Your Eyes Only 5, Fine Art Drawings

Marian Williams

For Your Eyes Only 5, 2019
17.5 x 12.4 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$314

Our recommendations Philippe Ramette, Promenade irrationnelle, Photography

Philippe Ramette

Promenade irrationnelle, 2003
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$13,314

Feng Hatat, Tamago 2, Photography

Feng Hatat

Tamago 2, 2014
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$678 $754

PyB, Salvatore, Painting

PyB

Salvatore, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$124

Romain Dorez, King of time, Painting

Romain Dorez

King of time, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$942

Speedy Graphito, Daliwood, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Daliwood, 2005
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$17,585

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
Print

$56,524

Angu Walters, The Town Cryer II, Painting

Angu Walters

The Town Cryer II, 2005
39 x 31.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,600

Pierre Kroll, Belgique Roi surréaliste Dali, Print

Pierre Kroll

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

$1,357

RS Artist, Dalí - Enfant Terrible Series, Print

RS Artist

Dalí - Enfant Terrible Series, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Print

$195

Mehdi Mirbagheri, Lips collection, Photography

Mehdi Mirbagheri

Lips collection, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,256

Anne Rosenblatt, Dali, Painting

Anne Rosenblatt

Dali, 2018
39.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,140

Natasha Zupan, Dreaming Dali #2270 Diptych - Small One of a Kind Photo Collage Accompanied by It's Enlarged Photograph, Photography

Natasha Zupan

Dreaming Dali #2270 Diptych - Small One of a Kind Photo Collage Accompanied by It's Enlarged Photograph, 2018
63 x 76 inch
Photography

$6,200

Thomas Mainardi, Tribute to Salvador Dali, Painting

Thomas Mainardi

Tribute to Salvador Dali, 2020
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$4,396

André Masson, Samson et Dalila des "Amants Célèbres", Print

André Masson

Samson et Dalila des "Amants Célèbres", 1979
25.6 x 19.9 inch
Print

$816

Ben Goossens (BEL), Observatory, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Observatory, 2008
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$754

Ben Goossens (BEL), Apple, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Apple, 2008
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,005

Ben Goossens (BEL), Fertility Rights, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Fertility Rights, 2005
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,005

Iszchan Nazarian, Dalí, Painting

Iszchan Nazarian

Dalí, 2009
43.5 x 48 inch
Painting

$2,010

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
Photography

$2,324

Spiktri, Sculpture origin Dali Montre Mole, Sculpture

Spiktri

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

$17,585

Spiktri, Sculpture street Gangstart Dali graff duo 99, Painting

Spiktri

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

$7,536

Spiktri, Sculpture tête de mort OSS Dali Perrier, Sculpture

Spiktri

Sculpture tête de mort OSS Dali Perrier, 2018
31.9 x 18.5 x 20.5 inch
Sculpture

$8,793

Narôme, Portrait 3 Dalí Marron & Or, Painting

Narôme

Portrait 3 Dalí Marron & Or, 2020
29.5 x 45.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$729

Gor Avetisyan, Secret Glance, Painting

Gor Avetisyan

Secret Glance, 2019
38.2 x 26.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,261

Sofia Maria Paz, Pinky Promises, Print

Sofia Maria Paz

Pinky Promises, 2019
28 x 44 x 1 inch
Print

$2,800

Max Rovira, Dali V, Painting

Max Rovira

Dali V, 2014
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,019

Romane Joncoeur, Salvador Dali, Print

Romane Joncoeur

Salvador Dali, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,507

Marcos Marin, Salvador Dali, Sculpture

Marcos Marin

Salvador Dali, 2016
22.4 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Max Rovira, Dali Street, Painting

Max Rovira

Dali Street, 2019
55.1 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$8,793

Gilles de Beauchêne, Saint Michel Oublié, Photography

Gilles de Beauchêne

Saint Michel Oublié, 2016
39.4 x 55.9 x 2 inch
Photography

$4,396

Egle Karpaviciute, Salvador, Painting

Egle Karpaviciute

Salvador, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,643

Julien Saro, Apis, Painting

Julien Saro

Apis, 2011
15.7 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$528

Georges Saulterre, N°1485, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Saulterre

N°1485, 2019
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,652

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
Photography

$4,396

Holly King, Dusking Time, Sphere, Photography

Holly King

Dusking Time, Sphere, 2016
48 x 72 inch
Photography

$8,800

Josep Garcia, Love song, Painting

Josep Garcia

Love song, 2019
25.6 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,512

Josep Garcia, Efimeros, Painting

Josep Garcia

Efimeros, 2019
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,280

Condé Nast, Time Trap, Photography

Condé Nast

Time Trap, 2013
31.5 x 24 inch
Photography

$3,567

Max Parisot du Lyaumont, Lumière et vent du Sahara, Print

Max Parisot du Lyaumont

Lumière et vent du Sahara, 2020
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$5,024

Garcia De Marina, Untitled, Photography

Garcia De Marina

Untitled, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,014

Moze, Dalicolors, Painting

Moze

Dalicolors, 2018
35.4 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$1,256

Alain Mimouni, Dali Mickey Mania, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Dali Mickey Mania, 2020
6.3 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Alain Mimouni, Dali Lovers, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Dali Lovers, 2020
6.3 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Gabrielle Rul, Le temps de l'Attente, Fine Art Drawings

Gabrielle Rul

Le temps de l'Attente, 2020
9.1 x 6.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$100

Sancko, Melting Lips, Sculpture

Sancko

Melting Lips, 2017
24.4 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Le Closier, Dali, Painting

Le Closier

Dali, 2018
41.3 x 38.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

Sold

Aldéhy, Saut du Gaul - Passage dans l'autre monde, Painting

Aldéhy

Saut du Gaul - Passage dans l'autre monde, 1996
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,773

André Masson, Ruth et Boaz, Print

André Masson

Ruth et Boaz, 1979
19.9 x 25.6 inch
Print

$816

André Masson, Philémon et Baucis des "Amants Célèbres", Print

André Masson

Philémon et Baucis des "Amants Célèbres", 1979
25.6 x 19.9 inch
Print

$816

Dominic Rouse, The Less Deceived, Photography

Dominic Rouse

The Less Deceived, 2000
15 x 12 inch
Photography

$754

Maurice Tabard, Untitled (Salvador Dali Homage), Print

Maurice Tabard

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

$1,800

Max Rovira, Dali, Painting

Max Rovira

Dali, 2018
45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold

Our recommendations Aziz Anzabi, The simple truth, Print

Aziz Anzabi

The simple truth, 2015
26 x 40.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,130

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy, New world 8, Painting

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy

New world 8, 2010
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy, New times 6, Painting

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy

New times 6, 2016
23.6 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy, The secret , Painting

Dimiter Buyukliiski-Mitchy

The secret , 2012
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold

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