“Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.”—Salvador Dalí
Salvador Dali is one of the most famous and prolific artists of the twentieth century, his fantastic imagery and flamboyant personality made him the best known artist of the Surrealist movement of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Born in Figueres, Spain in the northeastern province of Catalonia, Dali trained in the early 1920s at the Madrid Academy, where he perfected his realistic and meticulously detailed style.
Salvador Dali was one of the greatest Surrealist artists, using bizarre dream imagery to create unforgettable and unmistakable landscapes of his inner world. In 1934, the Surrealists censured Dalí. Toward the end of the decade he made several trips to Italy to study the art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 1940 Dali fled to the United States, where he worked on theatrical productions, wrote, illustrated books, and painted. A major retrospective of his work opened in 1941 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and traveled throughout the United States.
Salvador Dali’s work can be found in the permanent collections of major museums internationally. Among them the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Venice, and the Tate Gallery in London. The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida is dedicated solely to Dalí’s work, and three museums in Spain are part of the artist’s legacy, the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the Gala Dali Castle Museum-House in Púbol and the Salvador Dalí Museum-House in Portlligat. The world’s largest Dali painting can be seen at Martin Lawrence Galleries in the Forum Shops, Las Vegas.
Imaginations and Objects of the Future
Les Caprices de goya de Dali
Song of Songs
The Conquest of the Cosmos