Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech, was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain. He is a surrealistic artist who’s exploration of subconscious imagery has made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí assimilated a vast number of artistic styles and displayed unusual techniques as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s, however, that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style: his discovery of Sigmund Freud’s writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery and his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish the “greater reality” of the human subconscious over reason. Dali depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed, deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational fashion. Dalí portrayed those objects in meticulous, almost painfully realistic detail and usually placed them within bleak sunlit landscapes that were reminiscent of his Catalonian homeland. Perhaps the most famous of those enigmatic images is The Persistence of Memory (1931), in which limp melting watches rest in an eerily calm landscape.
Martin Lawrence Galleries is please to offer a large collection of Salvador Dali artwork form some of his most famous suites, as well as original artwork of historical significance. Discover a selection of his artwork on our website, and visit our gallery locations to find out more.