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Salvador Dali

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Transcript of Salvador Dali

The Persistence of Memory (1931) Oil on Canvas 24cm x 33cm
"Face of War" (1940) Oil On Canvas 25.2 in × 31.1 in
This painting was painted between the end of the Spanish Civil war and the beginning of the Second World War. In this painting, there is a face that's terrified with faces inside the eyes and mouth and in them, more faces. Around the face are serpents biting. This painting showed how much the war affected Dali. He sometimes believes that his paintings give a strong sense of something bad happening.
SALVADOR DALI (1904-1989)
Early Life

Salvador Dali wasn't always a surrealist. Born in 1904, he was taught how paint in the impressionist manner. Impressionism painting characteristics have small, thin but visible brush strokes. They also contain ordinary subject matter however they have unusual visual angles. Salvador Dali painted this which is called "Landscape near Figueras" when he was just 6.
Illusions
"Old Couple or Musician" (1930)
Three Sphinxes of Bikini (1947)
Cadaques (1922)
This painting shows us the landscape of Cadaques a town in Spain where Salvador Dali lived most of his life. His technique in this painting is oil used on canvas. The painting style for this painting is Impressionism.
Man/couple with sleeping dog (1948)
L'Amour de Peirrot (1920)
"The Great Paranoiac" (1936)
"The Elephants" is a good example of a surrealist work, creating a sense of phantom reality. "The elephant is a distortion in space", one critic explains, "its spindly legs contrasting the idea of weightlessness with structure. Contrasting weight and space".
"The Elephants"(1948)
Bust Of John F. Kennedy (1965) Size height: 16"
Sun Table (1936) 24 X 18 inch
Salvador Dali is one of the most famous surrealist painter but to begin with surrealists didn't include painters in their groups. Salvador Dali developed visual surrealism with Rene Magritte. But being more talented, successful and commercial than the others , Dali was eventually expelled from the surrealist group. Dali's work reflect the main scientific theories and discoveries.Diego Velazquez inspired him to grow his his famous mustache, which became his trademark. During a few years Dali was also influenced by Picasso and Miro. Dali and Picasso met in Paris in 1926.
Salvador Dali greatly admired John F. Kennedy and wanted to create something that everyone would smile in remembrance of, and respect for, a great American hero. With the paper clips he wanted to represent bureaucracy in which the world leaders are often stuck.
Le sous-marin (1918)
Dali painted his famous giraffe burning during his self-exile imposed by the Spanish Civil War. In the lower picture there are two women and in this painting he has given them sort of a power like magic wand. Anything they touch could become beautiful or horrific.
Burning Giraffes In Brown (1937)
Slumber with a Key
Salvador Dali had a technique behind his surrealist artwork.
He called this technique "Slumber with a key".
Pegasus 22x30" on high quality paper (1972)
Pegasus is one of the best known fantasy creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged "divine horse" usually white in color. Salvador Dali created a variety of works based on Greek mythology. It was one of his favorite subjects.
Salvador Dali Playing Cards (1967) 57cm x 38 cm.
Dali created designs for the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, of each suit. Each of them have detailed surrealism. Salvador Dali has carefully quilted puzzled shaped colors. He drew this based on inspiration from Picasso.
"Mad Trsitan" (1944) 500x288px literary painting
The "Mad Tristan" painting was used for a backdrop for a ballet called "Mad Tristan" inspired by Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde".

By Matthew and Umar
Portrait of my Dead Brother (1963) Oil on canvas 69 x 69 in
Salvador Dali had an older brother that died at the age of two, a year before he was born. Their father gave the both of them the same first name. Dali thought that his similar identity to his dead brother while sharing the same first name, was his parents idea of replacing their firstborn child. Dali used the dot matrix technique to create Salvador's face to emphasize a ghostly look of his dead brother.
Surrealist Themes
Absurdity
Dreams
Free Association
Free association is like when you see something and the first thing that comes to your mind. Salvador Dali didn't really care if his work looked visually pleasing. He wasn't a calm guy when it came to working, a lot of his works are objects just right off his mind. What mattered to him was his message or his opinion that he was conveying through his art work.
Dali often did his work based on his dreams and his imagination. It was something that made him stand out from some of the artists in his time. As you already know "The Persistence Of Memory" is an idea that he got from dreaming and the message is based on it as well. When he said time is useless when dreaming I think he's saying you dreams are priceless specially some of the ideas you get from dreaming.
Dali had tons of absurd artwork. In fact, most of his famous artworks are absurd. Dali used to smoke weed before he made all of his successful creations. As mentioned before, he said that it "Opens his mind" which results in creating a very unique yet absurd, masterpiece.
Cubomania is a method of making collages in which a picture or an image is is cut into squares and the squares are then reassembled without regard for the image.
Cubomania
Image Analysis
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