Salvador Dalí

Lived to 84 years old.

Background Information

Salvador Domingo Felipe Dalí i Doménech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Publo was born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. His brother whom had died nine months before Dalí's birth was also named Salvador. His parents took him to his brother's grave when he was five and told him that he was his brother's reincarnation.

Dalí was enrolled into drawing school at the Coledio de Hermanos Maristas but found himself day dreaming more than he participated in class. In 1922, he enrolled at Academia de San Fernando in Madrid. He was suspended a year later for allegedly starting a riot. He then enrolled back into the school, but was perminately suspended for stating that none of the faculty was competent enough to examine him.

Dalí moved to Paris to set off his career.

Art Movements and Contributions

The art movement Dalí is most known for is the surrealist movement. However, when he was young he started with Impressionism, making his first piece of art at the age of 6.

Dalí did not start the surrealist movement, but joined the movement in Paris in 1929. He was later kicked out of the Paris movement because he was accused for showing interest in the fascist movement led by Hitler. He was very well known around the world at this time, so the removal of him from the Paris group did not greatly effect his career.

Dalí's paintings belong to the surrealist school of modern art. This school helped popularize the psychological theories of our minds. His art pokes at the deepest and darkest recesses of our minds.

The Elephants - 1948

"The Elephants" is my favorite work of art by Dalí. I love the long, spindle like legs on the elephants. Without seeing this painting, I would never have even imagined an elephant looking this way. The deep red really attracts my eye as well. This painting is simple and complex at the same time. It begs for you to really think and push yourself to try to understand the meaning. You are allowed to create your own definition of this painting. It is by far my favorite work of art.