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Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali
(1904 - 1989)

Spanish painter, graphic artist, filmmaker, writer.

A modern master of the surreal arts, Salvador Dali's works continually challenged convention by questioning the antithesis of surrealism: our normal sense of the "real."

Surrealism's objective was to make accessible to art the realms of the unconscious, irrational and imaginary. An expansive movement that extended beyond the canvas, Surrealism embraced literature, music, cinema, philosophy and popular culture. Dali's works drew inspiration from fellow Surrealists, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Joan Miro...

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Dali - Flung out like a fag-end by the big-wigs

Flung out like a fag-end by the big-wigs

Dali - The divine back of Gala

The divine back of Gala

Dali - Picasso: a ticket to glory

Picasso: a ticket to glory

Dali - The laurels of happiness

The laurels of happiness

Dali - The curse conquered

The curse conquered

Dali - The Grand Inquisitor expels the Savior

The Grand Inquisitor expels the Savior

Dali - Freud with snail-head

Freud with snail-head

 

Dali - A shattering entrance to the USA

A shattering entrance to the USA

In 1974 Salvador Dali created a portfolio entitled “After 50 Years of Surrealism”.  This portfolio serves as a documentation of important moments and events in the artist’s life, and can furthermore be seen as homage to Andre Bretón’s Surrealist Manifesto, written 50 years earlier in 1924.  Bretón’s manifesto proposed a radical and systematic revision of received values, and a revaluation of the unconscious as a source of all artistic inspiration.  In 1924, Dali had already dedicated his attention to Italian artists Giorgio De Chirico and Carlo Carra’s Metaphysical School, which rejected Futurism and Cubism and proposed a return to the world of dreams and inner life.  Thus, embracement of Bretón’s manifesto was a natural extension of ideas that Dali had already begun to explore.  The 12 hand-colored etchings that compose “After 50 Years of Surrealism” display personal events in Dali’s own life, and at the same time acknowledge his reverence for the ideals made popular by Bretón, and are appropriately illustrated in the surrealist style that Dali’s work so famously exemplifies.

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