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Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)

Discovering impressionist painting as a young teenager, Salvador Dali produces his first works influenced by the movement until his studies in Madrid at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1922 where he develops a dandy-like style and imprints his art with cubist notes that attract the attention of his fellow colleagues such as Luis Bunuel or Federico Garcia Lorca. Soon the Spanish painter develops his unique painting that combines classical inspiration and contemporary aesthetic principles alongside psychoanalytical questionings and his sexual obsessions. At the end of the 1920s, Salvador Dali's career is launched thanks to the film, Un Chien Andalou he creates with Luis Bunuel before joining the Surrealist group within which he meets Gala, Paul Eluard's wife who would become his muse and own wife. Becoming ‘Mr Surrealism’ to an international public, Salvador Dali spends time with Hollywood stars and New York’s high society while he completely absorbs popular culture – collaborating with the Marx Brothers, Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock. A major modern artist, the painter was nonetheless often criticized for disturbing the boarders between art and consumption and clearly preceded Andy Warhol in the cult of the superstar artist.

Tags / Salvador Dali - Spanish Painter - Art - 1940s - It Men - Icon - Psychological - Sexuality - Consumption
Salvador Dali by Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Salvador Dali by Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Salvador Dali by Roger Higgins, 1965
Salvador Dali by Roger Higgins, 1965
Salvador Dali and Man Ray in Paris by Carl van Vechten, 1934
Salvador Dali and Man Ray in Paris by Carl van Vechten, 1934
The Dali family (from the left to right), Dali's aunt Maria Teresa, Dali's mother, Dali's father, Salvador Dali, Dali's aunt Catherine, Dali's sister Ana Maria and Dali's grandmother Ana, 1910
The Dali family (from the left to right), Dali's aunt Maria Teresa, Dali's mother, Dali's father, Salvador Dali, Dali's aunt Catherine, Dali's sister Ana Maria and Dali's grandmother Ana, 1910
Salvador Dali in Maurice Hotel Paris, 1972
Salvador Dali in Maurice Hotel Paris, 1972
Salvador Dali in Paris by Carl van Vechten, 1934
Salvador Dali in Paris by Carl van Vechten, 1934
Salvador Dali walking his anteater in Paris, 1969
Salvador Dali walking his anteater in Paris, 1969
Salvador Dali & Dovima by Richard Avedon, 1963
Salvador Dali & Dovima by Richard Avedon, 1963
Salvador Dali and Gala by Cecil Beaton, 1936
Salvador Dali and Gala by Cecil Beaton, 1936
Salvador Dali and Gala, 1933
Salvador Dali and Gala, 1933
Salvador Dali with an egg by Václav Chochola , 1969
Salvador Dali with an egg by Václav Chochola , 1969
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsmann, 1948
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsmann, 1948
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsmann, 1946
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsmann, 1946
Salvador Dali by Václav Chochola, 1969
Salvador Dali by Václav Chochola, 1969
Salvador Dali for Chocolat Lanvin, ca 1970
Salvador Dali for Chocolat Lanvin, ca 1970
Salvador Dali by Francesco Scavulli, 1973
Salvador Dali by Francesco Scavulli, 1973
Salvador Dali by Irving Penn, 1947
Salvador Dali by Irving Penn, 1947
Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel, 1930s
Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel, 1930s
Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel, 1930s
Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel, 1930s
Salvador Dali, Port Lligat, 1970
Salvador Dali, Port Lligat, 1970
Salvador Dali by Jean Dieuzaide, 1953
Salvador Dali by Jean Dieuzaide, 1953
Salvador Dali by Jean Dieuzaide, 1953
Salvador Dali by Jean Dieuzaide, 1953
Salvador Dali by Jean Dieuzaide, 1953
Salvador Dali by Jean Dieuzaide, 1953
Salvador Dali and Alice Cooper, 1973
Salvador Dali and Alice Cooper, 1973
Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear by Yul Brynner, 1971
Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear by Yul Brynner, 1971
Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear 1972
Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear 1972
Salvador Dali for TV News Show, 1962
Salvador Dali for TV News Show, 1962
Salvador Dali for the TV show Gros Plan, 1969
Salvador Dali for the TV show Gros Plan, 1969
Salvador Dali for the TV show Gros Plan, 1969
Salvador Dali for the TV show Gros Plan, 1969
Salvador Dali for the TV show En Français dans le texte, 1959
Salvador Dali for the TV show En Français dans le texte, 1959
Salvador Dali with his Aphrodisiac Jacket for TV show, 1964
Salvador Dali with his Aphrodisiac Jacket for TV show, 1964
Salvador Dali, early 1980
Salvador Dali, early 1980
Salvador Dali by Liselotte Strelow, 1968
Salvador Dali by Liselotte Strelow, 1968
Salvador Dali by Georges Dudognon at Port Ligat, 1953
Salvador Dali by Georges Dudognon at Port Ligat, 1953
Gala and Salvador Dali, Venus Dream, 1939
Gala and Salvador Dali, Venus Dream, 1939
Salvador Dali, 1980s
Salvador Dali, 1980s
Salvador Dali at home, Cadaques, 1955
Salvador Dali at home, Cadaques, 1955
Salvador Dali and Gala by Brassaï at Villa Seurat, 1932/ 1933
Salvador Dali and Gala by Brassaï at Villa Seurat, 1932/ 1933
Salvador Dali, Dali de dos peignant Gala de dos éternisée par six cornées virtuelles provisoirement réfléchies dans six vrais miroirs, 1972/ 1973, Oil on canvas, 60,5 x 60,5 cm. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí
Salvador Dali, Dali de dos peignant Gala de dos éternisée par six cornées virtuelles provisoirement réfléchies dans six vrais miroirs, 1972/ 1973, Oil on canvas, 60,5 x 60,5 cm. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí
Portrait of Salvador Dali, 1950s
Portrait of Salvador Dali, 1950s
Dali Jexellery, c. 1950s
Dali Jexellery, c. 1950s
Portrait of Salvador Dali  by Robert Lebeck, 1980s
Portrait of Salvador Dali by Robert Lebeck, 1980s
Salvador Dali with models by Philippe Halsman for In Voluptate Mors, 1951
Salvador Dali with models by Philippe Halsman for In Voluptate Mors, 1951
Salvador Dali with models by Philippe Halsman for In Voluptate Mors, 1951
Salvador Dali with models by Philippe Halsman for In Voluptate Mors, 1951
Salvador Dali with models by Philippe Halsman for In Voluptate Mors, 1951
Salvador Dali with models by Philippe Halsman for In Voluptate Mors, 1951
Portrait of Salvador Dali, 1980s. © Gamma Rapho
Portrait of Salvador Dali, 1980s. © Gamma Rapho
Portrait of Salvador Dali, 1960s
Portrait of Salvador Dali, 1960s
Salvador Dali painting The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1946
Salvador Dali painting The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1946
Portrait of Salvador Dali by Robert Whitaker, 1961
Portrait of Salvador Dali by Robert Whitaker, 1961
Salvador Dali, 1970
Salvador Dali, 1970
Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear by David Bailey for Vogue Paris, 1971
Salvador Dali and Amanda Lear by David Bailey for Vogue Paris, 1971
Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali at St. Regis Hotel, 1966
Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali at St. Regis Hotel, 1966
Aphrodisiac telephone by Salvador Dali, 1938
Aphrodisiac telephone by Salvador Dali, 1938
Salvador Dali by Arnold Newman, 1951
Salvador Dali by Arnold Newman, 1951
Brigitte Bardot, Gunter Sachs and Salvador Dalí, 1968
Brigitte Bardot, Gunter Sachs and Salvador Dalí, 1968
Salvador Dali and Gala by Cecil Beaton, 1936
Salvador Dali and Gala by Cecil Beaton, 1936
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1952
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1952
Salvador Daliin London with one of his paintings entitled The Madonna of Port Lligat, December 1951. Photo by George Konig
Salvador Daliin London with one of his paintings entitled The Madonna of Port Lligat, December 1951. Photo by George Konig
Salvador Dali, Paul Eluard, Roland Penrose and ? at International Surrealist Exhibition, London, 1936
Salvador Dali, Paul Eluard, Roland Penrose and ? at International Surrealist Exhibition, London, 1936
Salvador Dali by Horst P. Horst, 1943
Salvador Dali by Horst P. Horst, 1943
Salvador Dali by Man Ray, 1929
Salvador Dali by Man Ray, 1929
Man Ray, Salvador Dali, c. 1921/ 1937
Man Ray, Salvador Dali, c. 1921/ 1937
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1943
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1943
Salvador Dali skipping rope by Francesc Català Roca, c. 1960
Salvador Dali skipping rope by Francesc Català Roca, c. 1960
Salvador Dali, The Dream of Venus, Universal Exhibition, New York, 1939
Salvador Dali, The Dream of Venus, Universal Exhibition, New York, 1939
Salvador Dali by Robert Whitaker, France, 1967
Salvador Dali by Robert Whitaker, France, 1967
Gala and Salvador Dali photobooth, 1930s
Gala and Salvador Dali photobooth, 1930s
Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman and Salvador Dali on the set of Spellbound directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1945
Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman and Salvador Dali on the set of Spellbound directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1945
Salvador Dali and François-Marie Banier by Alécio De Andraden, 1970s
Salvador Dali and François-Marie Banier by Alécio De Andraden, 1970s
Ingrid Bergman and Salvador Dali on the set of Spellbound directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1945
Ingrid Bergman and Salvador Dali on the set of Spellbound directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1945
Lewis Morley, Salvador Dali, London, 1960 (printed later)
Lewis Morley, Salvador Dali, London, 1960 (printed later)
Lotte Tarp wearing André Courrèges shades and costume with Salvador Dali in his house in Port Ligat, Spain, 1965
Lotte Tarp wearing André Courrèges shades and costume with Salvador Dali in his house in Port Ligat, Spain, 1965
Man Ray, Hands of Gala and Dali, 1936
Man Ray, Hands of Gala and Dali, 1936
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Salvador Dali at NBC tv studios by Philippe Halsman, 1949
Salvador Dali at NBC tv studios by Philippe Halsman, 1949
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1946
Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman, 1946
Salvador Dali in bed by Philippe Halsman, 1964
Salvador Dali in bed by Philippe Halsman, 1964
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