Exploring Salvador Dali Art in Figueres

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There is no doubt that Salvador Dali art shocked the world at large. Those seeing his works knew that they were seeing something new and striking. His most well known work, The Persistence of Memory was completed in 1931, yet it remains one of the world’s most instantly recognized works of Salvador Dali.

Like many great artists of the period, Dali excelled in numerous different artistic mediums and worked in everything from sculpture and film to, of course, painting. A fact that surprises many is that Dali also worked in holography, which was quite forward thinking for its day.

Dali Museum in Figueres

Dali Museum in Figueres

Salvador Dali Biography

Dali was born in Figueres, which is in the Catalonia region of Spain. Dali’s early life was marred by tragedy, as his mother died when he was only 16. His father remarried his late wife’s sister. By 1922, Dali began his studies at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. During this period, Dali experimented a great deal with Cubism, and his work stood out in the minds of his peers.

In 1929, Dali married and also had several exhibitions of his art. Additionally, 1929 was of significant for Dali, as he joined the Surrealist group while living in Paris.

Dali and his moustache

Dali and his moustache

Salvador Dali Art and the Man, Which Was More Interesting?

Dali's art never had trouble getting attention. Yet, at times it seemed as though the man himself stood to outshine is creations. Stating that Dali made an impression and had a presence is really an understatement. Early on in his career, Dali cultivated a look that was worthy of his cutting edge style. Dali liked drawing attention and cultivated a public personality that was eccentric, interesting and served to captivate the attention of his audience.

Part of this persona was his style of dress and appearance which has over the decades taken on an iconic presence in it’s own right. Dali sported long sideburns and hair, which only served to accentuate his thin frame. His trademark long and impressive mustache was something of a tribute to the 17th Century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. Dali also spoke in a combination of different languages ranging from French and English to Catalan and more.

Those who learn Salvador Dali biography information will also be aware of the fact that throughout his life Dali lived not only in Paris, but also in the United States and spent considerable time in London. After World War II, in 1949, Dali returned to Spain. Dali, unlike many of his artist and intellectual peers, did not reject the dictatorship of Franco.

The rainy taxi

The rainy taxi

Salvador Dali Art - Diverse and Captivating

Dali's art and Salvador Dali paintings always managed to captivate the public’s attention, but they were far from being his own artistic means of expression. In 1938, Dali captured the public’s imagination in a different way thanks to Rainy Taxi.

Rainy Taxi is a three-dimensional piece of Salvador Dali art that used a real automobile as well as two mannequins. This work was displayed at Galerie Beaux-Arts in Paris during the Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme.

A year later in 1939, the Dream of Venus premiered at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Dreams of Venus consisted of everything from nude models wearing costumes constructed form seafood to sculptures and, of course, this piece also captured a tremendous amount of attention.

People walking away from the 1939 New York World’s Fair knew that they had seen something very different in the form of Salvador Dali art.

The lips of Mae West in the form of a sofa

The lips of Mae West in the form of a sofa

The Persistence of Memory and Other Key Salvador Dali Art

Dali’s The Persistence of Memory still captivates the imagination of art lovers generations later. In this incredible painting, pocket watches are imagined in a melting state. The end result is a hypnotic contemplation of time and man’s perception of time.

Other works, such as Mae West Lips Sofa and Lobster Telephone, are additional valued works of the Surrealist movement. The works of Salvador Dali were indeed diverse.

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Dali's beating heart jewel

Dali's beating heart jewel (watch video)

Experience the World’s Greatest Collection of Salvador Dali Art

If you want an incredible Dali's art gallery experience, then you won’t want to miss out on the Dali Museum. Dali was born in Figueres, Spain and this is where the Dali Museum is located. It is about a 90 minute car ride from Barcelona.

The Dali Museum opened in 1974 and continued to grow with major expansions occurring during the 1980s. Today, the Dali Museum is the world’s largest collection of Salvador Dali art in the world. For those seeking a great Salvador Dali art gallery experience, a trip to the Dali Museum is truly a must.

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