Salvador Dali (full name Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali Domi¨nech) was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain. He is one of the most important painters of the 20th century.
Biography and Career :
Salvador Dali's older brother, also named Salvador, had passed away of meningitis three years earlier at the age of 7. His father, Salvador Dali I Cusi was a notary and was married to Felipa Domenech Ferres.
Salvador Dali attended classes of a drawing school, where he first received formal art training.
In 1916, Dali discovered modern painting on a summer vacation to Cadaques with the family of Ramon Pichot, a local artist who made regular trips to Paris.
Dali's mother had breast cancer and passed away in 1921 when he was 16 years old and his father married the sister of his
In 1922 he went to Madrid and studied at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts and became friend with poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
Dali was expelled from the academy shortly before his final exams when he stated that no one on the faculty was competent enough to examine him. That happened in 1926 and the same year he went to Paris where he met Picasso and became friends.
In 1931, Dali painted one of his most famous work, "The Persistence of Memory".
Dali and Gala, his future wife, have lived together since 1929 and got married in 1934 in a civil ceremony. They remarried in a Roman Catholic ceremony in 1958.
World War II started in Europe and Dali and Gala moved to USA in 1940, where they lived for eight years.
In 1942, he published his autobiography, "The Secret Life of Salvador Dali".
Seven years later, in 1979, Dali returned to Spain and Gala died on the 10th of June 1982. After Gala's death, Dali lost much of his will to live. A fire started in his bedroom under unclear circumstances and he was saved hardly.
He passed away on the 23rd of January 1989 of heart failure at Figueres at the age of 84, and he is buried in the crypt of his Teatro Museo in Figueres.
Important Paintings :
1931 "The Persistence of Memory"
1944 "Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bumblebee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening"
1949 "Leda Atomica"
1949 "The Madonna of Port Lligat"
1954 "Corpus Hypercubus Crucifixion"
1954 "Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by the Horns of Her Own Chastity"
1954 "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory"
1956 "Still Life Moving Fast"
1956 "Rinoceronte vestido con puntillas"
1958 "The Rose"
1967 "Tuna Fishing"
1969 "Chupa Chups logo"
1970 "The Hallucinogenic Toreador"
1976 "Gala Contemplating the Sea"
- "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it."
- "One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams."
- "Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."
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