The Artist Salvador Dali

Dali Biography



Salvador Dali Portrait
Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí Domènech Marquis of Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989),
popularly known as Salvador Dalí, he was born in Figueras, Spain and became one of the more influential painters of the 20th Century. Dalí was a versatile artist whose art is rich with symbols - many of which were understood by Salvador Dali only and had to be explained at length which suited his self-aggrandizing style. Dali never limited himself solely to painting - some of his more popular artistic works are sculptures and other objects, and he is also noted for his contributions to theatre, fashion, and photography. His influence in art is due nearly equally to both his painting style as well as his flamboyant nature - nearly his every waking moment was an effort to draw attention to himself. Dali was known as a Surrealist and is classified as such today though much of his work differs greatly from most Surrealist painters of the time. This fact was not lost on Dali who famously proclaimed, "Le surréalisme, c'est moi." (I am surrealism) and he did in fact take Surrealism to new heights.

Much of Dali's efforts during his life were to distance himself from others both socially, and politically, to create iconic status for himself. This effort can be summed up in the artists own words, "at the age of six I wished to be a female cook, at seven Napoleon, ever since, my ambition has been continually on the increase, as has my megalomania: now all I want to be is Salvador Dali. But the closer I get to my goal, the further Salvador Dali drifts away from me." When his compatriots were mostly socialists and communists Dali proclaimed his support for the fascist government of Francisco Franco though it is doubtful Dali had any political convictions beyond those that would promote Salvador Dali (Francoists wrecked the cinema in protest of the film L'age d'or a Dali/Bunuel film).

During his final days in a hospital in Barcelona his biographers write that he would watch news broadcasts to "find out if he was near death or recovery", Salvador Dali the man was both master and servant to Dali the icon. During the year of his death there were rumors that his estate realizing he was near the end began to purchase back previously sold artwork with full knowledge that their value would increase exponetially upon his death.There have also been allegations that his guardians forced Dalí to sign blank canvasses that would, after his death, be used and sold as originals. As a result, art dealers tend to be wary of late works attributed to Dalí. To find out more about Dali visit Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali a wonderful website run by the estate of Salvador Dali about the museum and the artists final home in Dali's hometown of Figueras in Spain. Below you will find a selection of Dali's works simply click on the thumbnail to be routed to that page with a larger image as well as information about that work.




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Salvador Dali Galatea of the Spheres
Salvador Dali Meditative Rose
Salvador Dali Face of War
Salvador Dali Corpus Hypercubus
Galatea of the Spheres
Meditative Rose
Face of War
Corpus Hypercubus