Salvador Dali

Spanish (1904 - 1989)
Salvador Dali & Edward James Lobster Telephone 1938 © Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, London, 2018

Biography

Born 1904
Died 1989
Nationality Spanish
Birth place Figueras
Death place Figueras

Dalí was born in Catalonia, Spain. After being thrown out of art school in Madrid in 1923, he experimented with a range of styles. By 1927 he began to move away from Cubism towards Surrealism. He was a keen follower of developments in surrealist art and literature and met Miró, a fellow Catalan and Surrealist, in 1927. A talented self-publicist, Dalí cultivated his eccentric personality as carefully as his meticulous, academic technique, inspired by the Old Masters. In addition to being a painter, sculptor, graphic artist and designer, Dalí collaborated in the making of the first surrealist film, 'Un chien andalou' in 1929.

Glossary terms

  • A literary and artistic movement that sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. It is now regarded as one of the most radical movements of the 20th century.

Exhibitions

Ended
Surreal Encounters | Collecting the Marvellous
  • Ended Sun 11 Sep 2016
Modern One
Surrealism and the Marvellous
Modern Two