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Salvador Dali

  • Born: May 11, 1904 Catalonia, Spain
  • Died: January 23, 1989 Catalonia, Spain
  • Style/Period: Surrealism, Modern Art

Salvador Dali loved to paint, draw, and play football as a child. He often got himself in trouble with his teachers for daydreaming in class.

At the age of 17 he entered the Academy of Fine Art in Madrid, Spain, where he grew as an artist and experimented with many styles of art.

Eventually Dali became interested in the idea of Surrealism and blossomed into a notable artist of the Surrealism movement. Some of his Surrealist art featured real objects from everyday life but included transformed images into object of non reality.

Surrealism began in the 1920’s in France and eventually spread worldwide among all forms of art including poetry, film, music and art.

The term surrealism means above reality. This movement focused on things beyond reality, such as the subconscious mind where dreams and random thoughts originate and imagination soars.

Surrealists believe that our dreams held the key to unlocking truth. Because surrealist artists often used dream like thinking in their art, the end result is often based on reality yet incorporates unexpected twists that make their art surprising, strange, silly, interesting, or simply odd.

Main take away: Salvador Dali, easily remembered by his curious mustache, was an important surrealist painter who often mixed strange objects together or painted normal objects into bizarre settings making everything look out of place .

Can you find objects that are real and objects that are dream like, or surreal in Salvador Dali’s paintings?

Salvador DaliThe Persistence of Memory, 1931. Oil on Canvas. 9.5" x 13". MOMA.
Moustache with Flowers
Photo of Dali. He didn't always wear flowers.
Salvador Dali, Les Elephants c. 1948.

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