Portrait: Salvador Dalí, world renown Spanish surrealist

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Salvador Dali with his pet ocelot Babou in 1965 © Library of Congress - Roger Higgins

Salvador Dali with his pet ocelot Babou in 1965 © Library of Congress – Roger Higgins

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquess of Dalí of Púbol was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship, and the striking and bizarre images in his work. Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, Dalí received his formal education in fine arts in Madrid. Influenced by Impressionism and the Renaissance masters from a young age, he became increasingly attracted to Cubism and avant-garde movements. He moved closer to Surrealism in the late 1920s and joined the Surrealist group in 1929, soon becoming one of its leading exponents. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931, and is one of the most famous Surrealist paintings. Dalí lived in France throughout the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) before leaving for the United States in 1940 where he achieved commercial success. He returned to Spain in 1948 where he announced his return to the Catholic faith and developed his “nuclear mysticism” style, based on his interest in classicism, mysticism, and recent scientific developments.

In order to express his inimitable eccentricity well after his death, he was buried in a crypt below the large glass dome of the museum dedicated to him in Figueres.

Lobster Phone © flickr.com - Milestoned/cc-by-2.0 Monument of Salvador Dali in Cadaques © Gordito1869/cc-by-3.0 Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0 Salvador Dali restaurant in Tashkent © Abdullais4u/cc-by-sa-3.0 Salvador Dali with his pet ocelot Babou in 1965 © Library of Congress - Roger Higgins Teatre Museu Dali in Figueres © Grondin/cc-by-sa-3.0 Town square in Figueres: optical illusion / reflection of Dali's face © flickr.com - Becks/cc-by-2.0 Dali's crypt at the Teatre Museu Dali in Figueres © Michael Lazarev/cc-by-sa-2.0 Entrance to Teatre Museu Dali in Figueres © Karvitg/cc-by-sa-3.0 'Homage to Newton' in Singapore, 1985 © Marcuslim/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Town square in Figueres: optical illusion / reflection of Dali's face © flickr.com - Becks/cc-by-2.0
Dalí’s artistic repertoire included painting, graphic arts, film, sculpture, design and photography, at times in collaboration with other artists. He also wrote fiction, poetry, autobiography, essays and criticism. Major themes in his work include dreams, the subconscious, sexuality, religion, science and his closest personal relationships. To the dismay of those who held his work in high regard, and to the irritation of his critics, his eccentric and ostentatious public behavior often drew more attention than his artwork. His public support for the Francoist regime, his commercial activities and the quality and authenticity of some of his late works have also been controversial. His life and work were an important influence on other Surrealists, pop art and contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

There are two major museums devoted to Salvador Dalí’s work: the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain, and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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