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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 - L'Ange

L'Ange

 

Dali - Le Cheval

Le Cheval

 

Dali - Don Quichotte

Don Quichotte

 

Dali - Le Dragon

Le Dragon

 

Dali - La Fourme

La Fourme

 

Dali - Tete

Tete

 

 

 

Published in 1970 by EGI/Vanguard Studios in Beverly Hills, Dalí’s “Symbols Suite” is an extremely rare series of six signed and numbered etchings from an edition of 150 and is a great example of some of his most commonly used imagery. The image of the ant is quite common and is a references to death and decay, reminding us of human
mortality and impermanence. Also common is his usage of a horse figure, which often represents the Pegasus. The figure of Don Quixote was of particular interest to Dalí, as the story tells of an idealistic Spanish nobleman who fancied himself a knight fighting the world’s injustices. Iconically, the Devil’s head, the dragon and the angel are also all commonplace in Dalí’s artwork.

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