Salvador Dali 1909 - 1989
Salvador Dali was born in 1909 in a place called Catalonia, Spain.
He was one of the greatest of the Surrealist group of Artists.
He was best known for his ability to translate dreams into artwork. He described his work as ' hand-painted
dream photographs '.
Salvador was also a sculptor, filmmaker, writer, jewellery designer, book illustrator and worked in theatre.
Salvador always acted strangely and some people thought he was insane but he might have just wanted them to believe that he
Perhaps his best known painting is The Persistence of Memory (see below) done in 1931 and shows melting clocks.
In 1936 he returned to a more traditional style of painting.
From 1939 to 1948 he lived in the United States and became well known
for being eccentric.
Romeria - Pilgrimage Figure at
a Window The Persistence of
Head Exploding Still Life - Fast Moving
Unusual Facts about Salvador Dali
He had an intense fear of Grasshoppers.
He didn't know how to count money.
When he was in public he would jump up and down to get attention.
He was afraid to expose his feet.
He liked his wife because she changed her clothes three times a day.
" I'll be a genius....... Perhaps I'll be despised
and misunderstood, but I'll be a genius, a great genius. " Quote from Salvador Dali.
Salvador Dali died in 1989 aged 85.
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things you should know )
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