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Salvador Dali

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Derre Abate

on 14 September 2012

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Transcript of Salvador Dali

Born on May 11, Figueras, Catalonia, Spain
Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and designer
Prosperous family
always loved Catalan culture
entered the Madrid School of Fine Arts in 1921. Biography lived from 1908-98

he's identified with Surrealist art movement

surrealism: based on theories from Sigmund Freud

lived through periods of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical

Time Period & Art Movement continued... André Breton expelled Dali from the Surrealists in 1934 due to differing views on General Franco and fascism.
Interesting Fact Direct Quotes Central Themes his personal style was famous
he is the only artist with 2 museums dedicated for him Greatest
Contributions/Accomplishments "There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad."

“At times I would wait whole hours without any such images occurring. Then, not painting, I would remain in suspense, holding up one paw, from which the brush hung motionless, ready to pounce again upon the oneiric landscape of my canvas the moment the next explosion of my brain brought a new victim of my imagination bleeding to the ground."
-From Dalí's book, My Secret Life Obsessive themes of eroticism,
death, and decay
paintings focused on religious themes; supernatural
(1940s & 50s)

photo-realistic style

style was most creative & most famous of 21st century
became interested in Futurist ideas to create motion from several angles
used psychoanalytic concepts from Freud (unconsciousness)
practiced Cubist styles by Picasso Continued... experimented with Impressionist and Pointillist styles in Madrid paintings reflected sexualized fears of father figures and impotence

anxious over the passing of time
Continued... he changed the way the world viewed art Continued... became leader of surreal movement
Salvador Dali "Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid."
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” Continued...
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