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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Salvador Domènec Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech (Spanish artist, 1904 - 1989)


Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist artist, best remembered in the public's mind as the creator of "soft watch" paintings like The Persistence of Memory and for his extravagant personal appearance and manner. His final words aren't known but, in 1958, he offered what might be thought of as a suitable epitaph: I do not believe in my death. 

Macrophotographic Self-Portrait with the Appearance of Gala, 1962
Dali disintegration of persistence of memory
Salvador Dali's full name on his death was Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol. He was a notable figure in the history of surrealist art and 20th-century art in general. Opinions of him as an artist and as a man are inevitably skewed by his unusual behaviour and lifestyle, which were as out of the ordinary as his artworks, and also by his apparent support of the Fascist General Franco. He was rejected by his father, following his bizarre lifestyle and pronouncements and after taking up with a married Russian woman much older than himself - Elena Ivanovna Diakonova, better known as Gala. As his life progressed, Dali, although a hugely successful painter and sculptor and an international celebrity, became increasingly strange in his behaviour and increasingly dependent on his then wife and muse Gala. 
He is quoted as saying: Without Gala, divine Dali would be insane. 
Actually, many people thought he was. Opinions on Dali are divided. Some see him as a harmless but eccentric showman, others as a madman, others again as a profound creative artist. Dali himself denied the often applied description of "eccentric".

Lord's Supper
Swan Reflections of Elephants
A rather eccentric response, if there ever was one. In the 1980s, towards the end of his life, Dali did become clearly deranged. Gala had become senile and is thought to have been been dosing the artist with unprescribed medication. After Gala's death in 1980, Dali went downhill rather quickly. He had several accidents and illnesses which may well have been self-inflicted and or suicide attempts. Dali died of heart failure on 23rd January 1989, at his home town of Figueres, a short walk from where he was born.
The Birth of a New Man
The Basket of Bread


Invisible Sleeping Woman, Horse,  Lion. 1930
The Ascension of Christ, 1958
Venus and Cupid
Bather
Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee
My Wife Naked
Woman with a Head of Roses
Portrait of Picasso
The Madonna of Port Lligat (detail), 1950
Leda Atomica
Meditative Rose
Santiago El Grande
Car Clothing (Clothed Automobile), 1941
Christmas (Noel), 1946
Galatea
Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment, circa 1935
Figure in a window
Mysterious Mouth Appearing in the Back of My Nurse, 1941

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