About This Art

Monumental works such as the Persistence of Memory, with the melting clocks, helped Dalí emerge as the leader of the Surrealist movement. But in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil war, an apolitical Dalí clashed with the predominantly Marxist Surrealist group and was expelled from the collective. The Surrealists henceforth would speak of Dalí in the past tense.

In the 1940´s, Dalí and Gala moved to New York City which proved to be a very important time for the artist. He moved into a new style that eventually became known as his “classic” period, demonstrating a preoccupation with science and religion. The Museum of Modern Art in New York gave him his first major retrospective exhibit in 1941. He quickly became the darling of New York high society and fed his eccentric persona by continually appearing in public in strange costumes, including a diving suit.

Dalí retuned to Spain in 1955 and oversaw the construction of his museum in Figueras. After the death of Gala in 1982, Dalí became increasingly reclusive and died in his home in 1989.

As an artist, Salvador Dalí was not limited to a particular style or media. The body of his work, from early impressionist paintings through his transitional surrealist works, and into his classical period, reveals a constantly growing and evolving artist. Dalí worked in all media, leaving behind a wealth of oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, and sculptures, jewels and objects of all descriptions. Above all, his unique personality and abundant creativity has earned him an indelible place in art history.

Salvador Dali

dali-portraitFigueras, Spain, 1904-1989.  Master Spanish painter, printmaker and sculptor Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí is widely considered one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. He remains one of the best-known artists of the modern era, due to his flamboyant personality and instantly recognizable painting style. His Surrealist paintings are rendered in a meticulous technique that imparts a dream-like clarity to his barren landscapes, which are often filled with strange objects. His works often combine the disconcerting beauty of surrealist art with the love of his native county Spain.  He was born in the small agricultural town of Figueres, Spain, located in the foothills of the Pyrenees. As an adult he made his home with his wife Gala in nearby Port Lligat. Many of his paintings reflect his love of this area of Spain.  A young Dalí moved to Madrid in 1922 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts. He experimented with the emerging cubist style and with Dada, which arguably influenced his work throughout his life. After being expelled from the Academy in 1926, he made his first visit to Paris where he was mentored by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. He eventually joined the Surrealist movement, a group which hailed the Paranoiac-critical method of accessing the subconscious for greater artists creativity. During this time he met his wife Gala, a Russian eleven years his senior and married to the surrealist poet Paul Eluard. She became his muse, business manager and inspiration. They were married in 1934.

Savador Dali, Standing Figure With Drawers (untitled), Signed, 1961


No. 0014 Salvador Dali Self Portrait, 1937


No. 0421 Richard III from SHAKESPEARE I suite, 1968


Closeup: No. 0421 Richard III from SHAKESPEARE I suite, 1968


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