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Salvador
Dali
Spain 
1904−1989
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Salvador Dali (May 11, 1904, Figueres, Spain, to January 23, 1989, Figueres, Spain) was the preeminent surrealist artist of the 20th century, as well as a sculptor, filmmaker, and writer. His films include Destino, An Andalusian Dog, Age of Gold, and Babaouo, and the sculptures he is most famous for include Lobster Telephone and Mae West Lips Sofa.

Attributes of His Works: Dalí painted hallucinations, dreams and nightmares, optical illusions, and alternate realities where elephants and horses walked on long, spindly legs and clocks melted in a style that was both realistic and fantastic. His main technique was what he called the paranoiac-critical method, whereby he would drive himself into a paranoid state, or a "spontaneous method of irrational knowledge based on the critical and systematic objectivity of the associations and interpretations of delirious phenomena." Having started painting as a child, he was first influenced by impressionist painters and then Pablo Picasso’s Cubism, before moving onto the surrealism for which he was known best. His paintings were highly symbolic and influenced by science and technology (particularly nuclear physics), psychology, religion, death and decay.

Famous Works: The Persistence of Memory, The Elephants, Girl at the Window, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, Gala Nude Looking at the Sea Which at 18 Metres is Transformed into Abraham Lincoln, Galatea of the Spheres, Portrait of Picasso, Port Alguer.

The Early Life of the Artist

Salvador Dalí was the son of Salvador Dalí y Cusi, a notary, and Felipa Domenech Ferres. They had lost their first son, also named Salvador, to gastroenteritis nine months before Dalí was born, and from a young age the artist believed that he was the reincarnation of his older brother. The young Salvador’s artistic talents were obvious to everyone, even his father, with whom he had a contentious relationship, and he was sent to study at Colegio de Hermanos Maristas and the Instituto in Figueres, Spain, in 1916. By 1919 he had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theatre of Figueres. In 1921, when he was 16, his mother died of breast cancer, which devastated him, although he was not against his father marrying his mother’s sister.

As a student at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Dalí did his best to stand out. He dressed eccentrically and grew what was to become his signature mustache, but what really stood out about him was his art, and, by the time he met Pablo Picasso in Paris in 1926, the latter had already heard good things about his up and coming countryman. Dalí had been kicked out of the university for subordination earlier that year and had finished his famous work The Basket of Bread (1926, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida).

All this time he was experimenting with Cubism and classical and modern styles and exhibitions of his work were being held in Barcelona, leading to his name becoming more and more widely known.

Mature Work

Dalí was a Dadaist performance artist as well as an enigmatic public figure. Defying any one definition, he was a living contradiction: a monarchist and an anarchist; an agnostic and a Catholic; someone who adored his late mother, yet claimed "Sometimes, I spit for fun on my mother’s portrait," and these contrasts could be seen in his works, which could be both beautifully sublime and horrifically distorted.

The Persistence of Memory (1931, Museum of Modern Art, New York City) is likely his most famous painting, as well as the painting that made him famous. The iconic melting clocks were painted in the midst of a hallucination during one of his self-induced paranoid states and, like the odd sleeping humanoid face in the middle, would become a recurring theme in his work, both as statues and, most notably, in The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory (1952−1954, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida). In this work, the landscape of the original, which was the artist’s native Catalonia, is now underwater, the tree is breaking apart, a fish has appeared, the ground is shown quantum mechanically at the atomic level and rhinoceros horns (another reoccurring image for Dalí) represent atomic bombs.

At first glance, Portrait of Pablo Picasso in the Twenty-First Century (1947, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, Figueras) isn’t a very flattering painting of Dalí's contemporary genius. Picasso and Dalí had a complex relationship of mutual respect and political differences, and this complexity can be found in Dalí's portrait, with its multitude of symbols representing Picasso’s traits, good and bad.

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1946, Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts) was painted for a contest in which the winner would be featured in the film The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. Max Ernst’s painting of the same name was chosen as the winner.

The Elephants (1948, Private Collection) differs from many of Dalí's other surrealist paintings in that his long-legged graceful pachyderms with their floating obelisks frame a mostly barren red sky and minimalist landscape featuring low mountains, a simple building and two small figures apparently greeting each other. It lacks the overwhelming detail of many of his other works.

Galatea of the Spheres (1952, Dalí Theatre and Museum, Figueres) is a portrait of Dalí's wife and muse Gala (Elena Ivanovna Diakonova). Dalí at this point was fascinated by atoms, how they made up matter but didn’t touch each other, and that idea is expressed in the floating spheres that make up the serene image of Gala in this important work.

Death

After Gala died in 1982, Dalí sank into a deep depression and moved from Figueres to the Castle of Púbol, the site of her death and grave. After a fire in 1984, possibly a suicide attempt, he moved back to Figueres, where he died of heart failure on January 23, 1989, at the age of 84. He left behind a legacy of eccentricity, genius and multitudes of artworks in galleries across the world.
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Painting and music are as far apart as they are close. In an effort to convey the musical character of a situation or the sound of certain compositions, artists often depicted people playing music with instruments , and composers invented a special genre — symphonic sketch
A study is an exercise painting that helps the painter better understand the object he or she paints. It is simple and clear, like sample letters in a school student’s copybook. Rough and ready, not detailed, with every stroke being to the point, a study is a proven method of touching the world and making a catalogue of it. However, in art history, the status of the study is vague and open to interpretation. Despite its auxiliary role, a study is sometimes viewed as something far more significant than the finished piece. Then, within an impressive frame, it is placed on a museum wall.
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. However, the kinship of music and painting is deeper; composition, rhythm, colour are intrinsic properties of both art and…

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Волшебная подборка. Творчество музыканта и художника соединилось в единое.Благодарю за красоту и интересную информацию.
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1,174 artworks total
Salvador Dali. Gradiva
34
Gradiva
1931, 20.6×15.5 cm
Salvador Dali. Maison pour érotomane
19
Maison pour érotomane
1932, 14×18 cm
Salvador Dali. Leather beach
15
Leather beach
1981, 96×139 cm
Salvador Dali. Horseman Of The Apocalypse
31
Horseman Of The Apocalypse
1970
Salvador Dali. The phenomenon of ecstasy
25
The phenomenon of ecstasy
1933
Salvador Dali. The scenery for "Romeo and Juliet"
14
The scenery for "Romeo and Juliet"
1942
Salvador Dali. The Walls Of Babylon
5
The Walls Of Babylon
1954, 27×77 cm
Salvador Dali. Sketch of scenery for the play "Los Sacos Del Molinero"
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Sketch of scenery for the play "Los Sacos Del Molinero"
1949
Salvador Dali. Young women
8
Young women
1923
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