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Salvador Dali  1909 - 1989

Salvador Dali Portrait

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 was.

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 - Pigramage 1921     Figure at a Window 1925     The Persistance of Memory 1931     Sleep 1937     Raphaelesque Head Exploding 1951     Still Life - Fast Moving 1956
   Romeria - Pilgrimage          Figure at a Window       The Persistence of Memory                    Sleep                        Head Exploding            Still Life - Fast Moving
            1921                                  1925                               1931                                      1937                               1951                               1956


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.

Visit the Dali Museum  for Surreal News and Links ( and other ridicuoulous things you should know )

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