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Dalí, Salvador, 1904-1989

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Spanish artist. His style, a blend of meticulous realism and hallucinatory transformations of form and space, made him an influential exponent of surrealism. His dream-like paintings exploit the human fear of distortion, as in The Persistence of Memory (1931). Dalí collaborated with Luis Buñuel on the films Un Chien andalou (1928) and L'Age d'or (1930).

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Salvador Dali was an artist, self-publicist, showman, screenplay writer, poet, and clothing designer. His many occupations and interests took on his own unique style, which he considered to be true surrealism. As a surrealist, he expressed the unconscious mind such as what might be seen or thought of in dreams. Because time does not take on a solid form in the unconscious mind, Dali found the idea of time fascinating and often used the idea in many of his paintings. Dali was awarded the Grand Cross of Isabella the Catholic, the highest Spanish decoration. In December 1936, Dali appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Dali was born to a middle-class family in the Catalan town of Figueres on May 11, 1904. Later in life, he and his wife, Gala, built their home in the nearby Port Lligat, where they would retreat for solitude and a chance to rejuvenate. The nearby scenery of rocks and cliffs often provided the landscape for the background in Dali's paintings. Al...    Continue Reading
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