Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age, Dalí was encouraged to practice his art and would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí's first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. The rise of fascist leader Francisco Franco in Spain led to the artist's expulsion from the Surrealist movement, but that didn't stop him from painting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.

La Persistencia de la Memoria.

Los Cisnes Reflejando Elefantes

El Museo en Figueres, España.

Despite eccentricity that sometimes bordered on complete and utter lunacy, Dali was a genius. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Dali Joies, a collection of jewelry designed by Dali in collaboration with an American millionaire named Cummins Catherwood. The wealthy Catherwood supplied millions of dollars’ worth of precious stones, which Dali incorporated into a number of exquisite pieces. Using Dali’s designs, the collection was produced in New York under the supervision of Argentinean silversmith Carlos Alemany. In total, 39 pieces were made, subsequently changing hands numerous times before finally being sold to the Salvador Dali Foundation for 7 million in 1999.

Salvador Dali


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