Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is a famous Spanish contemporary artist of the 20th century. Both Dali’s paintings and his character were unique, and he remains one of the most popular painters even today. Salvador Dali’s painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dali’s art successes included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. He was also outspoken on political issues of the time, like many artists past and present.

Salvador Dali’s politics played a significant role in his emergence as an artist. He has sometimes been portrayed as a supporter of the authoritarian Franco. On Dalí’s personality, George Orwell wrote in an essay that “One ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts that Dalí is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being. The one does not invalidate or, in a sense, affect the other.” In his youth, Dalí embraced for a time both anarchism and communism.

Persistence of Memory Salvador Dali Painting

As he grew older his political allegiances changed, especially as the Surrealist movement went through transformations under the leadership of Trotskyist André Breton, who is said to have called Dalí in for questioning on his politics. In his 1970 book Dalí by Dalí, Dalí was declaring himself an anarchist and monarchist, giving rise to speculations of Anarcho-Monarchism.

A little known fact to modern youths is the fact that Salvador Dali even designed the famous Chupa Chups logo during his time, which remains stylish and oddly contemporary even now. To be able to call on Salvador Dali for your branding is certainly a privilege modern companies would love, and is interesting to note that the logo remains intact even today.

The most famous Dali paintings include The Persistence of Memory (1931), Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment, (1935), Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) (1936), Swans Reflecting Elephants (1937) Ballerina in a Death’s Head (1939),The Temptation of St. Anthony (1946) Galatea of the Spheres (1952) & Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (1954).

Salvador Dali is best known for his painting styles of Cubism, Dada, Surrealism though his career spanned many areas of art, at different times. His strange and wonderful creations helped develop the Surrealist art movement, and inspired some in the later Pop Art movement, including young artists such as Andy Warhol.

List of Salvador Dali Paintings

Dali had a hugely productive career, and it is impossible to list all of his artworks here. Below is, however, a summary of some of his more famous paintings and is a good place to start for those looking to quickly understand the style and imagination of Salvador Dali.

  • The Persistence of Memory
  • The Elephants
  • Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate
  • Person at the Window
  • Swans Reflecting Elephants
  • Female Figure with Head of Flowers
  • Ship
  • The Metamorphosis of Narcissus
  • Burning Giraffes in Brown
  • Landscape with Butterflies
  • Spain
  • Musical Tempest
  • Galatea of the Spheres
  • The City of the Drawers
  • The Temptation of St Anthony
  • Reminescence Archeologique de l’Angelus de Millet
  • Idylle Atomique
  • Hallucinogenic Toreador
  • Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion
  • Tigers
  • Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory
  • Broken Bridge and the Dream
  • Mirage
  • Bacchanale
  • Woman with a Head of Roses
  • Rose Meditative
  • Ghost of Vermeer
  • Odalisque
  • Raphaelesque Head Exploded
  • Geopoliticus Child
  • Dream
  • Apparition of a Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach
  • Woman with a Head of Roses
  • Apparition of the Face of Aphrodite
  • Landscape With Butterflies
  • Enigma Without End
  • Sacrament of the Last Supper
  • Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by Her Own Chastity
  • Enchanted Beach with Three Fluid Graces
  • Reflections of Elephants
  • Maelstrom
  • Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra
  • Sleep
  • Ma Femme Nue Regardant son Porpe Corps
  • Freud’s Perverse Polymorph
  • Bulgarian Child Eating a Rat
  • Les Trois Sphinx de Bikini
  • Flower Head
  • Burning Giraffe
  • Soft Construction with Boiled Beans
  • Muchacha de Espalda
  • Idylle Atomique
  • Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory
  • Patient Lovers
  • L’Elephante Giraffe
  • Apparition of a Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach
  • Naissance d’Une Divinite
  • Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus Dali print
  • Apparition of My Cousin Carolinetta on the Beach at Rosas
  • Santiago El Grande
  • Piaceri Illuminati
  • Face of Mae West
  • Reverie
  • Burning Giraffes in Brown
  • Birth of a God
  • Le Grand Masturbateur
  • Lit et Deux Tables de Nuit
  • Nature Morte Vivente
  • Ocelot Felis Pardalis
  • Atavistic Vestiges after the Rain
  • Woman with a Head of Roses

Dali’s Early Life

Dali’s Later Career

Different Media used by Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Exhibitions & Retrospectives

Salvador Dali Literature

Famous Salvador Dali Quotes

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.

In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.

Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.

Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.

Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.

Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.

It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.

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