Salvador Dalí

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In 1931, Dalí painted one of his most famous works, The Persistence of Memory,which introduced a surrealistic image of soft, melting pocket watches. The general interpretation of the work is that the soft watches are a rejection of the assumption that time is rigid or deterministic.

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain.

In 1922, Dalí moved to Madrid and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Dalí grew a flamboyant moustache, influenced by 17th-century Spanish master painter DiegoVelázquez. The moustache became an iconic trademark of his appearance for the rest of his life.

In August 1929, Dalí met his lifelong and primary muse, inspiration, and future wife Gala,born Elena Ivanovna Diakonova.

Dalí and Gala, having lived together since 1929, were married in 1934 in a semi-secret civil ceremony

Dalí was introduced to America by art dealer Julien Levy in 1934. The exhibition in New York of Dalí's works, including Persistence of Memory, created an immediate sensation. Social Register listees feted him at a specially organized "Dalí Ball"

In 1940, as World War II, Dalí and Gala retreated to the United States, where they lived for eight years.From 1949 onwards, Dalí spent his remaining years back in Spain. His acceptance and embracing of Franco's dictatorship were strongly disapproved of by other Spanish artists and intellectual who stayed in exile.

In 1959, André Breton organized an exhibition called Homage to Surrealism, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Surrealism, which contained works by Dalí, Joan Miró, Enrique Tábara, and Eugenio Granell.

At 76 years old, Dalí was a wreck, and his right hand trembled terribly, with Parkinson-like symptoms.

In November 1988, Dalí entered the hospital with heart failure; a pacemaker had already been implanted previously. On December 5, 1988, he was visited by King Juan Carlos, who confessed that he had always been a serious devotee of Dalí.



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